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Lost Text in Word 2007 doc Answered

Hi all, hope you can help

Been writing a book, last month I took parts of it and saved it to my SD ram as additional backup.  The problem is, for the first 7 pages I only made the one copy to SD.   When I went back to it a week later the file is there, it opens showing that there is 21,000 words on 7 pages but after loading it show a blank page.   1 of 7 pages 1 word.    I can scroll like it is there, it shows the 7 pages, I can change the font size and it changes the number of pages to accommodate the change, I can copy and paste to another document but nothing shows up . . nothing is there but it should be . . . . GRRRR      So my question is how can I view this file without using MS word?   is this possible?..... Is there another app that can show me the text that it shows is there but I cannot see?    I thought I could open it through dos, but I don't know how.     The file size shows as 21k on the disk, and as I said opens to 7 pages.    Please if you can guide me to getting to the body / text so that I don't loose what I cannot recreate.      Thanks

 To who ever recommended the Open Office route Thank you :)    Good news is I now see the characters but the bad news is they are all hash marks.   Any suggestions on that?     All help appreciated     Sorry about the font, can't change it   

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ChipK1
ChipK1

5 years ago

Open office lets me see the characters but they are all hash marks

Still at a loss. I didn't save this any differently than any other document. The only difference I can see is the size of the document. Does word 2007 Student not allow you to use it for such large works?

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Downunder35m
Downunder35m

Reply 5 years ago

The prblem with MS office is that it loves to mess up, especially these old versions.

Things like a lot of formatting, numbering or simple block layouts in large numbers can cause MS to save the document as a useless piece of data junk - the user won't even notice as the content is not checked either.

The bigger a document and the more additional things beside plain text and it increases the chance of data corruption.

It was one of the reasons why I converted to Open Office years ago.

It is still possible that most of your text is still in the document, checking with a hex editor or Notepad++ might show you more.

If there is usable text left you can then copy it out there and paste it into a new document, but all extras will be lost - still it would be better than loosing the entire work.

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Downunder35m
Downunder35m

5 years ago

Download Open Office (to check your document and to have something proper to continue your work).

Open you document with Open Office - if it looks fine save it, you can save it in MS formats as well.

Did you already try to mark the whole document and then to change the text color to black? Some plugins and extras can mess with the colors.

If you used a lot of formatting and numbering you can try the document fixes as mentionend in the MS knowledgebase.

If none of the above works I assume you have problem with your document.

Might be a stupid question, but you said this was your backup, what happened to the original?
And since you are a write, please consider to create your texts a bit easier to read, thanks!

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DulichH
DulichH

Reply 5 years ago

tks

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DulichH
DulichH

Reply 5 years ago

tks