Dealing with corrupt Word documents or Excel spreadsheets can be quite the daunting task. This is true especially if you don't have access to document backups, for instance because they are also corrupt, or none were created in first place.
The only way to deal with corrupt documents is data recovery software. Docx2txt and Xlsx2csv have been specifically created to recover data from corrupted Microsoft Office Word and Excel documents that have been saved in the new docx and xlsx formats.
Both data recovery tools are portable programs that can be executed after you have downloaded the files and unpacked them on your system. The interface looks similar in both applications, and the only difference is that one can only restore data from Word documents while the other has been specifically designed for Excel spreadsheets. It offers options to load and save docx and xlsx files using the file menu.
Note: The programs require that you have a compatible version of Word or Excel installed on the system. The tools won't work without those.
It will analyze the selected document and try to recover its text and values. The recovered document will then be displayed in the interface of the program from where you can copy the data.
The displayed data can be edited right away or saved as txt or csv files for further editing in programs that are better suited, for instance a copy of Word or Excel installed on the computer system.
The main advantage of both Docx2txt and Xlsx2csv is that they can easily be put on a DVD or USB stick to have them nearby when all other means of recovering the data of docx or xlsx documents fails.
Both programs are highly useful. While you should not expect them to restore the actual document 100% including its layout and such, it has a good chance of recovering the data of the document. Yes, that means having to go over it and editing it where necessary, but it is way better than having to start from scratch or standing there without access to the data.
Docx2txt and Xlsx2csv have a size of less than 4 Megabytes each and can be directly downloaded from the developers website. They are compatible with all Microsoft NT based operating systems since Windows 2000 including Windows XP and Windows Vista. They also require the Microsoft .net Framework 2.0.
Update: The developer has upgraded the software regularly ever since our first review. It now supports PowerPoint PPTX presentations on top of that, and all recent versions of Microsoft Office
The product description reveals some recovery process information. The program seems to try four different data recovery methods including validation of the XML file.
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