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How to recover text from any files by using the "Recover Text from Any File" converter of Word
Article ID: 290946 - View products that this article applies to.
This article was previously published under Q290946
For a Microsoft Word 97 version of this article, see 156573
For a Microsoft Word for Macintosh version of this article, see 180871
For a Microsoft Word 2000 version of this article, see 212274
This article describes the "Recover Text from Any File" converter in Microsoft Word 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 document.
What Will I Lose by Using the "Recover Text from Any File" Converter?The "Recover Text from Any File" converter has its limitations. Document formatting is lost, along with anything that is not formatted as text. Graphics, fields, drawing objects, and so on are not converted. However, headers, footers, footnotes, endnotes, and field text are retained as simple text.
My Document Is Damaged: How Can I Recover the Information?Note When you change the selection in the Files of type box to Recover Text from Any File, Word retains this setting and uses it the next time that you open a document. To avoid this behavior, reset the Files of type box to Word Document (*.doc) or Word Document (*.docx)after you have completed the recovery of your damaged document.
To Open a Word DocumentTo use the "Recover Text from Any File" converter with a Word document, follow these steps:
To Open a Non-Word FileTo use the "Recover Text from Any File" converter with a non-Word file, follow these steps: