Recover your work with Corrupt Office Extractor

runs on Windows
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It used to be the case that if your Microsoft Office files were corrupted, you were pretty much out of luck. Maybe you could recover some content from them, but more than likely it's time to hope you made some good backups somewhere along the way. With more recent versions of Word and its kin, the format of these data files has changed. Now instead of some proprietary binary format, the data is held in plain-text XML files, which are compressed and decompressed as you use them. That means that it is possible to retrieve the content, if not the formatting, from broken files. You could get in there with a hammer and a pair of pliers, or you could check out a more appropriate tool like Corrupt Office Extractor.

With Corrupt Office Extractor, you can dive right in and try to fix broken files, whether it's the XML part that's messed up, or the ZIP-ped part that's ailing. Hopefully by the end of the day, your file will be back in the pink, but even if not, you've got the help you need to grab your text back. And that's a whole lot better than wishing you had made another copy of that important report.

Corrupt Office Extractor is a free download. It's a Windows application and should run fine under XP and later.

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One Response to “Recover your work with Corrupt Office Extractor”

  1. Paul Pruitt says:

    Actually, the one featured is going to be offered for $22, there is other freeware for recovering text from MS Office 97-2003 version files, MS Office 2007-2010 files and Open Office files on my page:

    They are even more simple in GUI Presentation, but they are still mostly GUI and sometimes work. We will keep this link alive to this freeware version of Corrupt Office Extractor. The pay version when released will have the added benefit of image and media extraction from corrupt MS Office 2007 and 2010 files.