Method 1. Insert Not Opening/Working Word Document into Another New File

Step 1.

Run Microsoft Office Word, and create a blank new file.

Step 2.

Click “Insert” from the top ribbon menu, click “Text”.

Step 3.

Click

“Object” and select ”

Text from File”.

Step 4.

Select the target Word document which is unopenable or not working, and click “Insert”.

Step 5.

Check the document content and save it as a new file on your PC.

Method 2. Disable Add-ins in MS Word

Step 1.

Press Windows + R keys and type:

winword.exe /a

and hit Enter to open MS Word without plugins.

Step 2.

Click “File” > “Options” > “Add-Ins”.

Step 3.

Click “Manage” at the bottom and select COM Add-ins, click “Go” to uncheck the problematic ones and click “OK” to confirm.

After this, restart Word to check if the issue has been resolved.

Method 3. Remove or Update Old Printer Drivers

Step 1.

Open Device Manager, and locate your printer.

Step 2.

Right-click on your printer drivers and select “Uninstall” or “Update drivers”.

Step 3.

Uninstall or update old printer driver.

  • For uninstalling driver – click “OK” and restart PC.
  • For updating driver – click “Search automatically for updated driver software” and follow the instruction to finish the process, and restart PC.

    Or, you can download relative driver form your printer website and install it on your PC.

Method 4. Remove or Delete Word Registry Keys

Step 1.

Bring up

Registry Editor by typing:

regedit

in the search bar and hit Enter.

Step 2.

Click “Yes” to open Registry and follow the path to locate Word options key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\16.0\Word\Options.

Step 3.

Locate and right-click the key, and select “Export”.

Step 4.

Save the Options key as “Wddata.reg” and save it on your Desktop.

Step 5.

Go back to Registry Editor and locate the Options key, and delete it from the menu.

Step 6.

Exit Registry Editor.

After this, restart your Word and check if the problem is resolved.

If the problem still exists, run the Wddata.reg on your Desktop to restore the deleted key.

Method 5. Replace the Normal.dot Global Template File

To do so, you need to close all running Office programs on your PC. Then, follow the steps below to start:

Step 1.

Press Windows + X and select “Command Prompt (Admin)”.

Sign in if the program requires administrator permission.

Step 2.

Enter the command below and hit Enter:

Click to copy

Step 3.

Wait for the command to finish and exit Command Prompt.

After this, restart your Word application to check if you can use it to edit documents or create new files again.