Word document opens in gibberish

  1.    29 Mar 2017 #1

    Word document opens in gibberish


    I am using Word 2007. A few of the documents I transferred from my old computer have opened in gibberish e.g
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    The method recommended by Msoft https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/help/893672/how-to-open-documents-by-using-the-open-and-repair-feature-in-wordis hopeless, and I cannot actually find the open and repair option mentioned.

    I hope I can rack your brains for a solution, please!
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  2.    29 Mar 2017 #2

    Just a thought- which language were the original documents in?

    And of course, do you have a backup copy?
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  3.    29 Mar 2017 #3

    Standard UK English. The backups are in same state. I also looked for earlier ones that might have been unaffected but deleted with Recuva
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       29 Mar 2017 #4

    Try to open it with the online version.

    Microsoft Word Online - Work together on Word documents


    I had a similar problem with wrong characters set in LibreOffice.
    OpenOffice and WPS Office opened it fine. You might give it a shot.
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  5.    29 Mar 2017 #5

    No luck with that either! thanks for idea though :)
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