Word Documents come up as symbols

  stu1901 22:00 03 Oct 06

All the documents on my computer, when opened, an encoding message comes up. Choices include opening them with windows or MS Dos.
When i open the word documents all that shows up are various symbols with none of the origial document visible.

Thanks for any help.

  Joe R 22:06 03 Oct 06


to open a word document, you must open it with word or download this click here

  stu1901 22:35 03 Oct 06

i do have word to open it with!! it just doesnt open

  VoG II 08:33 04 Oct 06

Try Detect and Repair on the Help menu in Word.

  Storik 11:05 04 Oct 06

I've had this problem when trying to open documents that were in a different format to Word. The symbols seem to be some kind of format coding - and going slowly through them, I found the original text buried amidst the symbols. Retrieval was painfully slow by copying the text found into a new window and saving it as a current word document.

Have you tried opening the documents in "text" format and seeing what happens?

Other than that,VoG™ suggestion about Detect and Repair under the help menu seems a likely solution. If that doesn't work - reinstalling Word seems to be the only thing to do. Could be the files themselves have become corrupted somehow.


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