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‘the Document Name Or Path Is Not Valid’ Word Error And Recovery

Microsoft Word is a popular word processing application, used to create, edit and save documents. These documents are consisted of various features including macros, built-in spell checker, dictionary, bullets and numbering etc. But sometimes, these documents behave abruptly or fail to open correctly. One of the prime reasons for such behavior is document corruption. It could happen due to virus attack, unexpected shutdown, application issues, corruption, macro corruption and other similar reasons. You are suggested to restore from your last backup in such situations. But if you find errors with backup as well or there is no backup present, you need to use Word Recovery software.

Consider a practical scenario, you create and save Word document. When you try to open the document, it fails giving the below error message:

“The document name or path is not valid. Try these suggestions. Check the file permissions for the document or drive. Use the File Open dialog box to locate the document”

You cannot open the document.


The above error message could occur if any of the listed conditions exists:

• You are using a shortcut to open the document and you have deleted the original file
• You don’t have sufficient permissions to read the file
• You have renamed the document and trying to open with same name as earlier
• You are trying to open a damaged document


Use these methods to fix the above issue:

. Make sure that the file to be opened exists
. Change file permission settings and try to open the file
. Try to open the document with existing document name
. If document corruption is the issue, perform these methods to repair it:

. Use ‘Open and Repair’ feature to open the affected document
. Try to open the document in Draft mode
. Insert the document as a file in some other document
. Make a link to the file
. Convert the document in other format and save it again in MS Word format
. Restore from backup
. Use commercial word repair applications. These are non-destructive Word Recovery software that safely restore damaged documents.

Stellar Phoenix Word Recovery is a premier software to repair damaged Word documents. It supports word recovery for files created with Word 2007, 2003, 2002, and 2000. The application repairs and restores all objects, like tables, macros, charts, images, drawings etc. It is compatible with Windows Vista, XP, 2003, 2000 and NT.


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