Fixing Microsoft Word Crashes.

by ky1start on July 3, 2012

What I learned fixing Microsoft Word crashes

Several weeks ago I was working on a client document when the application “Microsoft Word” crashed. I had spent the better part of 3 hours working on revising a document and fixing edits all while traveling at 80 mph returning from Southern California.

Now, ideally I like to try to remember to save my document every so often but for some reason I was somewhat distracted what with Melanie changing lanes, listening to music and trying to be in work mode to get this document finished.

There are 2 things that came out of this experience that I want to share. The first is that there is a little known function in word that called “create backup” which makes regular backup copies of your document. You will need to go into the preferences to turn on this feature.

Create Backup in Word

The second thing I learned is that there was no easy way to fix the “auto saved” version of my document. When you have the auto save set in Word the there is a file that is created with the .ASD format. What I learned was that if your version of Microsoft will not open the file (as in my case) you can download OpenOffice for free and use the word processing program to open the file. This worked perfectly and allowed me to open the file, copy and paste the entire document back into Word with very little editing.

Also see: Six Ways to Recover a Lost File in Word 2007 or in Word 2003.

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