“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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Convert old Word (.doc) files to standard (.docx) files

Mac MVP James Gordon has posted directions on how to convert old Word (.doc) files to (.docx) files using an Automator workflow.

What does this converter do?

You choose one (.doc) file, several (.doc) files, or an entire folder filled with (.doc) files and the converter will save a copy of each Word file in standard open XML file format, better known as the “new” (actually more than 5 years old now) Word (.docx) format. . . .

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