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How can I recover an RTF file that comes up blank in Word? I've tried copy-pasting its contents into a new document and opening it with Notepad. In Notepad, it shows up as a bunch of zeros and the formatting text for Word. I tried opening the file with a hex editor, too, but I'm not totally familiar with them and was unsure what to do next.

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Is it a Word file (.DOC) as opposed to an RTF? Try opening it in a Word viewer. Try importing it to Google Docs or something. – Synetech Mar 14 '11 at 18:43
Have you exhausted all other program options, like OpenOffice? Maybe give the file to a Mac user and see if he can do anything with it. – NReilingh Mar 14 '11 at 19:20
Have you tried opening it in Wordpad? Not sure if it'll help, but worth a shot. – Mehrdad Mar 14 '11 at 19:49
If it's showing up as zeroes in Notepad, without any content, it sounds like your SOL. – user3463 Mar 14 '11 at 20:32
Awesome, I'll check all these out. Hopefully something works. Thanks! – Johann Hippensteele Mar 15 '11 at 2:22

I had a similar issue on a user's PC at work.

Try deleting their profile's file.

All Office applications should be closed before you delete the file. Sometimes these files are hidden; when you search for you need to select Advanced Options and tick the box to Search hidden files and folders.

When you reopen Word, the file will be recreated.

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try opening and saving the corrupted file in wordpad.

In linux,once wine installed, using the command

  wine wordpad

i have managed to open a corrupted file properly and retrieve it this way.

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Cool. Wordpad opened my rtf, failed by both libre office and word – Johan Lundberg Apr 3 '15 at 10:31

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