Repair Corrupt MS Office Documents and Open Office Documents

by Abhishek Bhatnagar on March 3, 2009

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In this article we are going to tell you a free of cost and effective way of recovering a corrupt MS Office or Open Office Document. This can happen to a lot of us that an office document, a spreadsheet or a presentation file just refuses to open.  We have already written an article in which you can repair MS Office documents using MS Office. But sometimes, even that options might not work if the document is created in Open office etc. MS Office gives error saying “document can not be opened because there are problems with contents.” or saying “Word found unreadable Content in the document.”

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A friend of mine shown me a document she made on Linux laptop using Open Office. She emailed that document to herself and tried to open on some windows machine for printing it. But the document was not opening with MS office. It looked something like this when opened:

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We will tell you how can you recover data from such documents for free.

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When I saw these unreadable machine codes, the idea that stuck my mind was that I needed something that is capable to read MS Office and Open Office and other office documents well. So the natural answer was Google Documents.

To recover such document, you try any of these two ways:

 

Using Gmail Mailbox

 

Email the document to your google account as an attachment (not compressed), and open the attached document as google document. You get an option right at the bottom of mail as seen in the snapshot below:

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This will open the document in a new window and open up most of the documents like MS Office document, excel sheets, presentations and Open office documents as well.

 

Upload Document To Google Docs

 

Open Google Docs Service and login using your Gmail id. On the interface of this service you can upload the document and open it there as seen in snapshot below:

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After the file is uploaded, it will open up in the browser itself as seen below:

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Using the File menu you can download this file as a word file or a pdf file etc as seen below:

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We hope you find these methods useful and easy. Please leave your suggestions and comments.

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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

hisham wehbi October 7, 2009 at 1:36 am

i cannot find open as google doc

Abu October 7, 2009 at 10:03 am

Hi Guys,

I am a desktop enginner. My Pc got corrupted so i reinstall the OS and recover the deleted files but it opened in different format in Office itself. Using this method not able do it. Is there any other idea?

Cindy November 29, 2009 at 8:56 pm

I tried this and it didnt work…all those weird characters came out. please contact me asap. both my projects are due Tuesday morning.

stevi December 6, 2010 at 6:13 pm

thanks a lot!!!! i am really saved by this article.. :)

venus February 1, 2011 at 1:14 pm

you are sooooo great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

y2k95 May 12, 2011 at 1:00 am

Thank you so much I am doing a 30 page final at school and all the extra work I did got corrupted use gmail and I got it back. Thank you

Medine November 7, 2011 at 1:34 am

okay.. hmm.. i have a document on 80 pages. its said it’s corrupted and won’t open! how can i open this anyway? please this is mine entire life almost. it’s open office and ive tried everything even this google mail and docs, but it wont. please help!

wasim February 7, 2012 at 11:12 am

I can not show the third option (Open as a google document) plz solve my this problem.

Ankur May 14, 2012 at 6:29 pm

Thanks a lot… keep it up ..:)

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