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Microsoft Word 2003 is considered as a better and secure version, when compared to its predecessors. The version introduces various features, like document comparison, reading layout view, Research Task Pane, improved change-tracking and more. Regardless of a relatively new look and added features, the documents saved in Word 2003 are still prone to corruption. You might observe several issues while trying to open a Word 2003 document. This might occur due to several reasons. One of the most prominent among them is document corruption, to solve which you will need to use your recent file backup or repair it using Word Recovery applications.

For instance, you might observe any of the below symptoms while attempting to open a Word 2003 document:

  • The document doesnít open successfully and its text appears to be filled with strange characters like square boxes.

  • You encounter an error suggesting that the document is corrupt and to repair it, you should use Open and Repair option or Text Recovery converter.

  • You encounter a message indicating errors in file. The error further describes to check the file permissions and hard disk for sufficient space.

  • You observe File Conversion dialog box and Preview pane consisting of unreadable content.

  • Cause

    Word 2003 exhibits the above behavior in one of the following conditions:

  • Document is read-only

  • Links or the document is damaged

  • Solution

    You need to ensure for appropriate file permissions. If this is not the case, try repairing the damaged Word 2003 document using these methods:

  • Restore from backup

  • Use Open and Repair feature

  • If damaged links is the issue, you can open such documents in draft mode, making sure that you donít update the links

  • Create a new document and try inserting the damaged document as a file in it

  • Create a new document and link the document from it

  • Try opening the document in WordPad

  • Use third-party word repair applications to scan and repair the Word 2003 document

  • Word Recovery tools come embedded with advanced scanning features to allow safe and complete Word document repair.

    Stellar Phoenix Word Recovery is a powerful file repair application to repair documents created with Word 2007, 2003, 2002 and 2000. It is a read-only word fix tool with graphically rich user interface and powerful features. The software is competent to restore all document objects and is compatible with Windows Vista, XP, 2003, 2000 and NT.

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