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This article explains what the "Recover Text from Any File" converter is and how to use it to recover damaged documents.
What is the Recover Text from Any File converter?The Recover Text from Any File converter allows you to extract the text from any file. The file does not have to be a Word file.
What will I lose using the Recover Text from Any File converter?Using the Recover Text from Any File converter does have its limitations. Document formatting will be lost, along with anything that is not of a text nature. Graphics, fields, drawing objects, and so on, will not be converted. However, headers, footers, footnotes, endnotes, and field text, will be retained as simple text.
My document is damaged: How can I recover the information?Microsoft Word 98 Macintosh Edition provides a converter for recovering the text from any file.
Note When you change the Files of type box to Recover Text from any File in the Open dialog box (on the File menu, click Open), Word will 'remember' this setting and will use it the next time you open a document. To avoid this problem, reset the Files of type box back to Word Document (*.doc) after you have completed recovering your document.
To use the converter on a Word file, follow these steps:
What does the "...Attempt recovery now" message mean?When Word detects that there is a damaged document to be recovered, Word displays the following message:
This message is displayed when an automatically recovered file is present but Word is unable to recover it. When you start Word, Word finds the document and asks if you want Word to try to recover it.
Word encountered file corruption while opening <file name>.
Part of this document may be recoverable. Attempt recovery now?
If you click No, Word will not attempt to recover the document, and the document will be permanently lost.
If you click Yes, Word will attempt to recover the document. If Word is successful in recovering the file, save the document as a normal Word document.
"Recover Text from Any File" doesn't appear in the Convert File dialog boxThe Recover Text from Any File converter is not installed. You will need to run Office Custom Install to install this converter.
Microsoft Office 98:Shared Applications:Text Converters
Article ID: 180871 - Last Review: September 18, 2011 - Revision: 4.0
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