Word document opens in gibberish


  1. Posts : 322
    win 10 home
       #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
    Code:
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    RCq,c[Q$'JQޞfUPazy;Ԇ*{ѻ  *Un[1]x*j
    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. Posts : 35,588
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #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. Posts : 322
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    Thread Starter
       #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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  4. Posts : 5,202
    Windows 11 Home
       #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. Posts : 322
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    Thread Starter
       #5

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