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Searching How To Access And Recover Your Corrupt Files? Read This!

11 January 2016

MS Office is the essential part for a Windows user. You work on MS Word,Recover Corrupt Office Files MS Excel or MS PowerPoint files and these files contain very important data. But some time when you try to open a file and it shows "The file is corrupted and cannot be opened" message? This is really a very frustrating situation, because this file contains very important data and you worked hard in this file.

Suffering corrupt or damage office file can happen with all of us. Are you facing this situation and need to repair or fix a corrupt office file?  Don’t worry, there are actually many ways to recover Microsoft Office files (Word, Excel or PowerPoint) which I will share with you in this post.

Choose one of the following methods to help recover your data.

Method 1 – Use the build in Office repair tool:

Microsoft Office has self-repairing features included. When you trying to open a corrupt file, Microsoft Office can help you fix your corrupted file by automatically using the Open and Repair feature if a file detects a problem. However, you can force Word or excel to use the Open and Repair feature when you open any document.

For Word File:

Method I: ChaSave as Rich Text format - Recover Corrupt Office Filesnge the document format, and then convert the document back to the Word format

Method II: If the damaged document does not open, then try this method. Open the damaged document in draft mode without updating links

Method III: Use the "Recover Text from Any File" converterRecover Text from any file - Recover Corrupt Office Files

Note The "Recover Text from Any File" converter has limitations. For example, document formatting is lost. Additionally, graphics, fields, drawing objects, and any other items that are not text are lost. However, field text, headers, footers, footnotes, and endnotes are retained as simple text.

After the document is recovered by using the "Recover Text from Any File" converter, there is some binary data text that is not converted. This text is primarily at the start and end of the document. You must delete this binary data text before you save the file as a Word document.

Method 2 – AutoRecover:

If you enable AutoRecover or AutoSave, your file (such as a Word,Excel) is automatically saved as often as you want. Therefore, if you have been working for a long time but forget to save a file or if your power goes out, the file you have been working on contains all or at least some of the work you have done since you last saved it.

Document Recovery task PaneRestart Word or Excel and then see if the missing file is displayed in the Document Recovery task pane. Here click on the file and open it.

If the Recovery pane does not open, then you have to manually search for AutoRecover files (.asd files) for Word and Excel. If you do not set a location for AutoRecover files, Word or Excel places them in the temporary directory.

Seach for .asd (AutoRecover) file in Explorer.

If you are not sure which file is the right one, copy and save all .asd file to a location.

Method -3: Search for backup files

Method 4 – Recover Microsoft Office Files from Temporary File

A temporary file is a file that is created to temporarily store information in order to free memory for other purposes, or to act as a safety net to prevent data loss when a program performs certain function

The temporary files only exist during the current session of Word, Excel or PowerPoint. When you save an existing file, it creates a temporary file in the destination folder. Generally the location of these temp file is "C:\ Documents and Settings\<username>\Application Data\Microsoft".

The temp file for excel can also look like ~dfxxxx.tmp  and word files look like ~wrfxxxx.tmp.

Method 5 – Third-Party Software

If you are unable to repair the file or unable to find any backup file, then look for the third party software to do this job.