"I am unable to open my Microsoft Word file on Mac. The Word program keeps saying that 'This document is either deleted or not currently accessible' and ‘Word was unable to read this document. These files are important to me, what do I do to resolve the issue”
Microsoft Word has a significant text processing application for many users across the world. If you are one of the Mac users who is having difficulties in opening a Word file, in this article you will find effective solutions on how to fix the issue.
Before moving ahead with solutions, let us first understand the common scenarios for the corruption of your Word file on Mac in the below section
Causes for corrupt Word file on Mac
- The file location is changed
- Abruptly closing the Word document
- Word file gets infected by a virus
- Word file is corrupted
If you have faced any of the above or any other reasons, in the below section you will learn hassle-free solutions on how to Fix and Open Corrupted Word File Mac
How to fix a corrupted Word file on Mac?
Most of the time, when a file error has occurred, the Word file doesn’t respond because of incompatibility issues. However, you can repair the same using a built-in feature in Word. Here is how you can do it.
- Open your Word application and click on File from the top
- Next, click on Open and choose the file you wish to repair
- Now instead of opening the file expand the drop-down option next to the Open
- Select Repair from the drop-down
- This will fix the corrupted Word file before opening it.
If you were unable to recover the Word document on Mac, you can also fix the file by converting it to other formats such as .rtf or .txt this will help you in displaying all the text in the file.
- Right-click on the file and choose rename
- While renaming the file you can choose to add .rtf or .txt as the file extension
- After providing the file extension hit enter
- Now, you can open an unreadable Word document and access the information
Note: converting the file will certainly display the text data from the file. But you won’t be able to recover the page properties such as text color, font size, and other custom edits from the file.
Sometimes the Word files could be corrupted due to damage to the internal hard drive. You won’t be able to perform any read or write operations due to this corruption.
If you encounter a similar scenario on your Windows operating system, you can make use of Remo Repair Word, a reliable word repair utility that can effortlessly fix your corrupt or damaged ZIP file. The tool only works on a read-only mechanism thereby not altering the original file.
This article shows you how to fix corrupt Word files on Mac. Take a timely backup of all your data so that it comes in handy in unforeseen data loss scenarios. In case if you have lost any data on your Mac, you can make use of Remo Mac File Recovery tool which can recover the deleted Word files with ease. If you have any queries mention them in the comment section below.
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