Reasons for being unable to open Microsoft® Word documents
What prevents from Microsoft Word from opening?
Microsoft Word document easily get damaged or corrupt due to several reasons. One of the reasons Microsoft Word documents get corrupt is the interruption of Microsoft Word itself. Interruption means power failure, software crashes and switching off the computer improperly. These documents get damaged if they are stored on a bad sector on the hard drive or if they are loaded from a floppy disk. If you try to open a Microsoft Word document that is created in an earlier version, it may not open. As a result, when you open a Microsoft Word document, you will get the error message "Unable to open Microsoft Word document". If the document fails to open in a networked environment, it is due to file sharing problems or permission problems.
Here are the different ways to solve the issues of Microsoft Word documents being unable to open:
- Check the file extension
- Repair corrupt documents
- Check the version and network permission
Check the file extension
In order to solve the Microsoft Word documents not opening problem, you need to check the file extension of the document. If the file extension is incorrect, it will cause problems with Microsoft Word. In order to solve these issues, you need to save the document in .doc file extension and open the document in rich text format or RTF file. .doc is the default file extension for Microsoft Word documents.
Repair corrupt documents
For repairing a corrupt document, you can use the 'Open and Repair' function. This method is useful when you are trying to open the document from another program. In order to repair damaged documents, select 'File' and then choose 'Open' option and then you need to simply click on it and choose the small arrow near the Open button. Then it will display a drop down list and from that select ‘Open and Repair'.
You need to have permission for opening Microsoft Word documents on a network. If there you attempt to access the same document at the same time, to solve this you need to make sure that you close the document before opening another. You also need to check its version. This means a new version of a Microsoft Word document can open on a older version, but the opposite is not applicable.
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