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Cant open word file

By Borg7of9 ·
When trying to open a file I get the error message ( the document name or path is not valid, check file permisions, or use file opendialog box to locate document)

This is a word file, and the permissions are ok, the file exists, te path is ok, I can copy the file to another folder, but I get the same error. Any ideas?

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by BFilmFan In reply to Cant open word file

Is the file password protected?

Have you checked for extended NTFS permissions on the file?

Otherwise, the file is most likely damaged.

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by Borg7of9 In reply to Cant open word file

The file is not password protected, and there is nothing wrong with the ntfs partition.

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by j.lupo In reply to Cant open word file

I have seen this happen on UNIX boxes, so this is just something to check. Does the filename contain any hidden characters. I know this is going to sound silly, but try double clicking on the file. If you already did that, sorry.

If you can copy the file put it on your local machine, and try it that way. Try renaming it too. If there is a hidden character like a space at the end of the name or a control character in the name, you may be able to fix it that way.

Another thing to check is the file properties. See if anything strange shows up there.

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by GoJints In reply to Cant open word file

Sounds like a corrupted file. If you can get to the file itself, try opening it with WordPad or NotePad. It will mess up the formatting completely, but you may be able to save the text. It has worked for me in the past.

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by maxwell edison In reply to Cant open word file

See Microsoft article, "The document name or path is not valid..."

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/832890

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