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How to Manually Repair Microsoft Office Documents with Office

Microsoft Office 365/2016 has a lot of advanced features that make it the most popular office suite out there. However, sometimes documents get corrupted and won’t open.

What you might not be aware of is you can use Office to repair those documents and not use a third-party utility to do it. The feature was introduced back in Office 2003. Here’s how it works.

Note: For this article, I am using Microsoft Word, but the process is similar in the rest of the programs in the suite, too.

Repair Office Documents

To start, launch Word (or any other Office program) and go to File > Open > Browse and then find the document you need to repair.

MS Word Open

Next, select the dropdown in the lower right corner and select Open and Repair and wait for the process to complete.


It’s worth noting that Office will try to repair corrupt documents automatically, but at times you need to do it manually.

For more Office tips and tricks, make sure to check out our Microsoft Office archive.

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2 Responses to How to Manually Repair Microsoft Office Documents with Office

  1. venkat September 7, 2016 at 6:45 am #

    which Microsoft office you are referring to. in Word 2007 there is no “file” menu nor “browse”. Am I missing something?

  2. Brian Burgess September 7, 2016 at 9:47 am #

    Office 2016 is shown. It’s been years since I used 2007, but you should be able to browse to open a document and the option should be in the dropdown as shown in the screenshot above.

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