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Microsoft Word documents can get corrupted due to unexpected crash, application bugs, hardware malfunction and other issues. Such errors cause Word to exhibit abrupt behavior while you open or work with such documents. To restore them, you will need your most recent file backup or a powerful Word Repair utility that could repair them.

For an instance, you might come across the similar error message while opening or working with a Microsoft Word document:

“WINWORD.exe has generated errors and will be closed by Windows. You will need to restart the program. An error log is being created.”

WINWORD.exe is the main executable file used by Microsoft Word.


Microsoft Word returns the above error if any of the following conditions is true:

  • You are clicking in a table which is in a frame and then right-clicking the frame anchor. The error occurs when you right-click an incorrectly spelled word and click on anchor instead of spelling or grammar shortcut menu that appears. This causes the Word to hang and give errors like above.

  • You are trying to copy and some portions of documents. Microsoft Word typically quits in such situations if you have used a macro to perform the same function.

  • The template is damaged.

  • You are trying to access a corrupted Word document.

  • Solution

    Try resolving the issue discussed above using these measures:

  • Install and use the latest service pack available for your particular version of Microsoft Word.

  • Locate and rename the corrupted template. Word will recreate this template when you restart the application. This is the golbal template, which if corrupted affects all the documents based on it.

  • If the document is corrupted, apply these solutions to restore:

  • Open the document using 'Open and Repair' feature

  • Restore from the available backup.

  • Use <a href="" target="_BLANK">word repair tools that employ effective scanning algorithms to repair a corrupted Word document.

  • Word Repair utilities are designed to examine, repair and restore Word documents corrupted due to different logical reasons. Such tools provide you interactive interface and hence can be used with even no prior technical knowledge.

    Stellar Phoenix Word Recovery is the premier and high-end software to repair damaged Word documents. It supports word recovery for files created with Word 2007, 2003, 2002, and 2000. The application repairs and restores all objects, like tables, macros, charts, images, drawings etc. It is compatible with Windows Vista, XP, 2003, 2000 and NT.

    Comments (1)

    Review By: benniepratt [09/30/2014]
    Review Text: I tried to open the document in notepad so that I can copy the data but I failed. I even tried Open and Repair but got same error message. Then my friend suggested me to use Word Recovery Tool to repair and recover the corrupt, damaged or inaccessible Word documents of any formats like DOC, DOCX, DOCM, DOTX and DOTM. Try:-

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