Jyoti Prakash is Sr. Technical writer who has written several article on Word file repair scenarios.

Microsoft Word 2007 and later versions, use .docx file extension to save document files. Like other MS Word files, .docx files too, at times get corrupt and all the data that you have saved on these files become inaccessible. Though various reasons like MS Office application damage, Operating System (OS) malfunction, etc. are responsible for the corruption of .docx file, but one of the most common reasons responsible for the same is virus infection.

Recovery of .docx File

At times, due to virus attack, your precious .docx file becomes completely inaccessible, or sometimes some of its parts become inaccessible. Whereas, at times, your .docx file gets opened but shows abrupt characters in place of your valuable information. Therefore, to safeguard your valuable data and recover it in all such disasters, it is recommended to maintain its backup. However, in the unavailability of up-to date backup, you are required to use efficient file repair application.

Microsoft Word provides features to repair damaged .docx file. The steps to repair your .docx file with repair option of MS Word are:

  1. Open MS Word
  2. Go to File>>Open. This option opens the ‘File Open’ dialog box.
  3. From this ‘File Open’ dialog box, locate your corrupt MS Word .docx file and highlight it.
  4. After highlighting your damaged .docx file, go to the ‘Open’ button of the ‘File Open’ dialog box. You can see a down arrow next to the ‘Open’ button, from there select ‘Open and Repair’. A box asking you to choose an option pops up.
  5. Select ‘Repair’. After selecting this option, MS Word goes ahead and attempts to repair your damaged .docx file.

However, if the corruption is severe, then ‘Open and Repair’ option of MS Word fails to do the needful. At such situation, opting for an advanced tool to perform successful recovery is recommended. An efficient tool repairs your corrupt or damaged MS Word file and recovers all the information stored on it without changing its original formatting. Moreover, reliable tool for this category has very intuitive user interface, which doesn’t require any kind of technical knowledge or training of the software to understand its working.

One such tool is Stellar Phoenix Word Recovery Software. This software recovers word document and preserve their formatting. Additionally, this tool provides three repair options including ‘Simple Repair’, ‘Advance Repair’, and ‘Raw Recovery’. With all these features, this software provides the option to see the preview of repaired Word file in ‘Full document’, ‘Filtered Text’, and ‘Raw Text’ formats.

To analyze the features and functionalities of this software, you can download its free demo version. The demo version of the software provides preview of all recoverable Word files. For actual recovery of your file, you have to purchase the license of this software, which bears a reasonable cost.