How to recover a corrupted Word file

Microsoft Word documents recovery software

Recovery Toolbox for Word

Recovery Toolbox for Word helps to repair corrupted Word and Rich Text file in few clicks.

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How to repair text from a corrupted Word file

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Step-by-step instructions on how to repair text from an unreadable Microsoft Word file or Rich Text file. These instructions help to extract text from a corrupted *.doc, *.docx, *.dot, *.dotx, *.rtf file, any version and size, in just a few clicks:

  1. Download Recovery Toolbox for Word from here:
  2. Install Recovery Toolbox for Word on your computer
  3. Start Recovery Toolbox for Word
  4. Select a corrupted Word file on the first page of the program
  5. Click Analyze
  6. Preview the repaired content from a source Word file
  7. Click Start Recovery

Recovery Toolbox for Word is powerful text recovery software for extraction texts from damaged Microsoft Word documents (*.doc, *.docx, *.dot, *.dotx files) and Rich Text Files (*.rtf files).

Main features of the Microsoft Word recovery tool:

  • *.docx recovery from Office 2007/2010/2013/2016/2019 files.
  • *.doc files recovery of ASCII and Unicode texts.
  • Export the recovered texts directly to Microsoft Word.
  • Recovery of texts from Rich Text Files (*.RTF format)
  • Microsoft Word file recovery program uses proprietary heuristic filters to exclude garbage elements into a recovered documents.
  • Microsoft Word recover utility can save recovered texts as *.txt files.
  • A flexible and intuitive GUI available in 14 world languages in the Microsoft Word fix program.
  • The Microsoft Word text recovery tool is compatible with and successfully tested under Windows 98/NT 4.0/2000/Me/XP/Vista/7/8/10.
  • Several different algorithms for deep text recovery of Word files different formats (Microsoft Word 95/98/2000/XP/2003/2007/2010/2013/2016/2019).
  • DOCX Viewer Tool
  • View and repair damaged Microsoft Word files
  • Show the contents of corrupted Microsoft Word files
  • Extract texts from bad DOCX files

How to recover a docx file when you are unable to open a *.docx file? Recovery Toolbox for Word helps you recover a Word file corrupted by virus or antivirus. In addition, it can recover a corrupted Word file truncated during delivery. Recovery Toolbox for Word can fix Word documents copied from non-work flash USB drives.

Free DOCX File Viewer

Recovery Toolbox for Word is very convenient to use for viewing the contents of a DOCX/DOC file of a Microsoft Word - a damaged, standard, or both Word document. The tool can work as a viewer for DOCX files, even if you do not have Word or Office installed. The tool allows you to open and view any DOCX files for an unlimited number of times.

Recovery Toolbox for Word provides a full preview of texts from Word/Rich Text files similar to how it is implemented in Microsoft Office. The tool would open DOCX files for viewing, even if they were damaged. Plus, it's free for an unlimited number of times.

How to Open a Corrupted DOCX File for Free

Recovery Toolbox for Word allows you to open a damaged Word file for free and display all the data from the damaged document on the preview page.

How to Restore a Word Document

To restore a damaged Word document, you can use the latest backup or return to the latest stable version of the *.docx file or try to use Recovery Toolbox for Word. With a very high probability, Recovery Toolbox for Word can restore text from *.docx files to their original state before they were damaged. To verify this statement, it is necessary to:
  • Download, install, and run the DEMO version of Recovery Toolbox for Word.
  • Select a damaged .docx file.
  • Run the analysis of the damaged DOCX file.
  • Review the text from the restored Word document on the preview page.
  • Export restore data to a new document or Word file - available in the full version.

How to fix a Word file

If you need to fix a damaged Word file, then the full version of Recovery Toolbox for Word will allow you to do this in a few simple steps. Revision of Word files occurs by copying the corrected data from the damaged .docx file to a new Word document. The tool doesn't fix or modify the existing DOCX file. All recovered data transfers to a new Word document. Revised data from a damaged DOCX file can be exported to a new Word document or a new text file.


  • Windows 98/Me/2000/XP/Vista/7/8/10 or Windows Server 2003/2008/2012/2016 and above
  • Installed Microsoft Word for exporting recovered texts into Microsoft Office directly.


There are several services that may be able to open, read and possibly even repair text from corrupt Rich Text File document on iPhone. Just open in any browser. Select corrupt .rtf document, enter captcha, wait, download repaired file after payment.


You can try to use Recovery Toolbox for Word for free. Just download, install and run Recovery Toolbox for Word from and select corrupt Word 2019 .docs file on first page of tool. If you’ll find lost page on preview then this software can help you.


You can use OpenOffice, Recovery Toolbox for Word or online repair service here:


Microsoft Word informs you: the file is corrupted and cannot be opened. In this case you lose crucial information like text. Then go through this manual and know how to recover text from corrupt .DOCX file of Microsoft Word: Run Recovery Toolbox for Word; Select corrupt .DOCX file on first page; Press Next; Press save as Text file submenu item.


The last chance is a third-part non-Microsoft tools or service. Run Recovery Toolbox for Word. Select corrupt Word 2007 file (.doc extension). Press Next. Press and select Start Recovery | Save as text file item.

Please select a damaged Microsoft Word or Rich Text file (files with *.doc, *.docx, *.dot, *dotx, *.rtf extensions) on the first page of the repair wizard in Recovery Toolbox for Word

Press Analyze button

Press Start recovery button. Select the type of recovered data:

  • 10.1) save directly as a Microsoft Word file (Export to MS Word)
  • 10.2) save as a text file (Save as Plain Text)

Selecting the corrupted Microsoft Word document or template information from which should be recovered

Recovering information from the corrupted Microsoft Word document or template

Viewing information recovered from the corrupted Microsoft Word document or template

Exporting information to Microsoft Word or saving it to a text file

Viewing information export results

Customer's reviews and ratings

Joseph Aumuller06-17-2022

The files were all on a flash drive, and that flash drive somehow got corrupted. Out of the 500 or so word docs, powerpoints, and pdfs, almost 200 were corrupted. The PowerPoints seem mostly okay, no luck on any of the pdfs, and the word documents were hit and miss, sometimes I got most of the text, other times it wouldn't even open.


As free service it is good. But I can pay $10 only for corrupted files.


This program saved many hours worth of work. Being able to download and test the file made the purchase decision easy to make. Great product, easy to use.

Aron Shepard04-07-2021

The demo version of the program did not find data in my Word 2007 document. It was recovered from a formatted flashcard. Is it possible to repair? File size 17kb.

Melissa Mejia03-22-2021

The formatted document was corrected by online services. Honestly, the quality is 4


Instead of a recently modified document, I got the previous saved version (Word Office 2003, .doc). I will give 4 stars, since it is not clear whose mistake: either MS Word could not save, or the program did not fully repair.


Recovery Tool box for Word was able to recover text with images. Some pictures had to be moved manually as they were on top of the text.


I was sure that the utility would be able to 100% recover my damaged document, since it contained only text and images. But I received only 80% of the recovered document, if you count in 356 pages out of 400. If you have a problem with encoding, then the program makes Word documents readable without loss

Amaia Bentley12-15-2020

Fixed wrong encoding of .doc file in MS Word 2007.

Elias Black08-11-2020

I used this program to repair a damaged Microsoft Word 2007 file. During the fix, the text on the second page was restored without formatting, on all the rest it retained its style.


MS Office 2007 does not read the content of the document because it was damaged due to improper use of the flash drive. The document was repaired well, if you do not take into account the formatting of text and tables.


After I cracked the password of a Word 2007 document and saved it on top of the current document, it started showing the error "A file error has occurred" and stopped opening the file. After restoring the .DOC file, I noticed that the text was restored completely, but without formatting.




When opening a document in MS Office Word, the program cannot find out the encoding of the file. I tried to sort through the available encoding options, but it did not help. An unreadable encoding file was fixed using the software, but since the file was in Turkish, some characters were replaced with Cyrillic.


I was able to recover a Word file with errors. The recovered .RTF file, after the online fixing, had to be edited, since in some places the spaces between the words were large and in some words there were hieroglyphs (maybe because the document was in Turkish). Text restored at 90%

Steven Boping12-05-2019

This is very helpful. I lost some important data on the word doc and made several manual attempt but was unsuccessful. This online doc recovery toolbox helped me recover my original document. Thanks a lot. Steven Boping Norman Finance Limited Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea



sabir 08-21-2019

thanks a lot

Dr. Corina Ionescu11-30-2018

I used the services of the company, online, just two days ago. Even with using a new SDD external harddisk, with one day before the deadline to submit some papers, suddenly, I couldn't open the documents, because they were "corrupted". I really panicked and I found this company on the web. As the price was fairly low (even for an SE Europe scientist, as I am), I submitted one document, just to try. The answer came fast. It was, let's say, 90% saved (the images were missing but this was not a problem). Immediately I submitted the second and most important document, an article. I was very upset because I worked several months for it (my mistake, not to save it on the main computer, at least each second week). I got the recovered document, with an absolutely perfect content. Even now, I am still astonished how well the document was recovered (only the fonts and some formatting were different). Thanks again, Prof.Dr. Corina Ionescu- Babes-Bolyai University, Geology Department, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Tim C08-25-2018

I used the software to recover 2 documents, only half the info was restored. Better than nothing.

nelson Donis08-07-2018



Tool can recover all text. But images and tables was not repaired.


My word docs were completely recovered. It's all what I wanted.


Product can be applied every to old PCs. Not for free and costs not a little.


Best of the Word doc recovery tried (not saying much). Recovered a partial version of a file, but it was a version several saves prior.

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