Recover corrupt Microsoft Word documents using a different application

Earlier today I worked with a customer whose Microsoft Word document was corrupt. She explained she’d been having problems with some large documents and she’d been using Word’s Track Changes feature heavily. She was eager to recover her file even if it meant losing the tracked information.

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“The Maggie” – Technique for de-corrupting a Microsoft Word Document

This technique for de-corrupting a Microsoft Word document is known as “Doing a ‘Maggie”, after Margaret Secara from the TECHWR-L mailing list, who first publicized the technique.

MVP John McGhie suggests the following:

Get all the tracked changes and comments out of the document, save and close,. Use Compare Documents at the end if you want markup. If the document has corrupted, removing tracked changes won’t fix it. Do a “Maggie”, which will resolve . . .

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Avoid Microsoft Word document corruption with a few simple techniques

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MVP John McGhie spends his days consulting as a Document Engineer and many of his evenings answering questions in the Microsoft Answers forums. His specialty is long and complex documents done mostly in Microsoft Word.

In one of his recent answers he stated:

It is some years since I lost a document to “corruption” in Word for Mac. Come to think of it, I have probably “never” completely lost one.

I use a few simple . . .

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Is corruption hiding in your database?

Be sure your Identity does not contain hidden corruption by testing with the Entourage Database Utility and exporting your data as Entourage archive and MBOX files. Includes help to successfully rebuild your Identity. . . .

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