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MS Word is a largely used application of MS Office suite. Computer users of different cadres use this application at different levels. For example, students use it for doing their assignments, whereas professionals use it for maintaining the documentation of their work. Despite its usability, the files created with this application (the document files) often get corrupt. An error message that a MS Word 2003 user gets when his Word document gets corrupt is:
"Word was unable to read this document. It may be corrupt"
Generally, this Word document error message occurs when your Word document gets corrupt. Mentioned below are some of the common reasons for corruption in Word document file:
Resolution: You can try any of the below-mentioned resolutions to fix this error message:
Change the File Extension: The file extension supported by MS Word 2003 is .doc. So, check the extension of your Word document file and ensure whether it is .docx or not. If this is so, then go to 'File >> Save As' and save the file with .doc extension, and then try to open it.
Checkout the Service Pack: If your file has the correct file extension, but you still are facing the same problem, then make sure that your file has Office 2003 installed and that it has Service Pack 3. If you do not have this service pack installed, then obtain it for Office 2003.
Try 'Open and Repair': The 'Open and Repair' option of MS Word application facilitates repairing a corrupt Word document. Follow the below mentioned steps to use this utility:
By following these steps, MS Word will repair your corrupt Word document and open it for you.
Professional Word Repair Utility: If none of the above-mentioned resolutions are able to do the needful for you, then use of a professional Word file repair software is recommended. Efficient Word recovery software repairs your corrupt Word document and restores its data without causing any kind of loss. Stellar Word repair software is one such utility that repairs corrupt MS Word files without altering their original formatting.