Microsoft Word/Word damage

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Hello
I have a damaged word file.when I open it I see this error:
The Office Open XML file X.docx cannot be opened because there are problems with the contents
When I click Ok I see:
Word found unreadable content in X.docx . Do you want to recover the contents of this document? If you trust the source of this document, click Yes
When I click Yes nothing happen

Answer
Typically, this is caused by a problem in an equation as a result of a bug supposedly fixed by Office 2010 SP1. See http://www.wordarticles.com/temp/Rebuilder.dotm for a template containing a macro to "rebuild" such damaged documents.

If the Rebuilder doesn't do the trick for you, you can post the document on SkyDrive or anywhere else that it can be accessed and then post at http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/office/forum/word and ask for a volunteer to repair the document for you. Some documents cannot be repaired, however.
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Suzanne S. Barnhill

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I've been using Word for Windows since version 2.0 (1992), and the more I learn about it, the more I realize how little I know. But I may know a few things that you don't, and I'll help if I can. I answer many questions every day in Microsoft's peer support forums and as a result have been awarded the MVP (Most Valuable Professional) designation by Microsoft Corporation. You may be able to find the answer to your question at the Word MVPs' FAQ site or at my own Word FAQ site, so please check those first! Please, no questions about VBA (macros), Registry editing, networks, or complex merges, as I have no experience with these aspects of Word, nor do I have any experience with Word for Mac. Please indicate which version of Word you are using; if you are not sure, see "What version of Word do I have?".

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I have a master's degree in classics (Latin), which is surprisingly helpful, though I no longer teach. The things I am proudest of: Having raised two children to maturity, both Merit Scholars, both college graduates (one a philosophy major!), one Phi Beta Kappa (from Harvard!); having been made a Paul Harris Fellow by my Rotary club; having been designated a Microsoft MVP.

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Rotary Club of Fairhope, Friends of the Fairhope Public Library

Education/Credentials
B.A. (Latin), Agnes Scott College, 1966; M.A. (Classics), Emory University, 1972.

Awards and Honors
Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award every year since 1999; many Rotary honors

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