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    Error message that files are corrupt MS Office Professional Plus 2010

    Frustrated I’m having a problem opening my files about cults on Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2010. All other files open properly. Only my files about cults are affected. I receive this error message: “The File Cults - (Name redacted) - October 18, 2015 cannot be opened because there are problems with the contents.” When I click ‘Details,’ I get this message, “This file is corrupt and cannot be opened.?” “If you trust the source of this document, click yes.” If I click ‘Yes’ I get the original error message. This has only become a problem in the last couple of months. Question: Is Microsoft 2010 doing something to filter my files? Thanks for any help.

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    Your description suggests the files have been opened from a USB stick that has then been removed without going through the safe removal process. Time to restore your files from known good backups.
    Cheers,

    Paul Edstein
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    Or those cults have tampered with your research!

    cheers, Paul

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    Someone had a corrupted Excel file which they were able to recover by using LibreOffice Calc (see thread). Perhaps this might work for you using its Writer app.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul T View Post
    Or those cults have tampered with your research!

    cheers, Paul
    Oh no! My biggest fear has been realized.

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    Quote Originally Posted by access-mdb View Post
    Someone had a corrupted Excel file which they were able to recover by using LibreOffice Calc (see thread). Perhaps this might work for you using its Writer app.
    Thanks, it's worth a try.

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    Just wanted to mention that I create the files on my home laptop then transfer to a USB stick to transfer to my office laptop. I'm pretty careful to make sure I remove the stick properly. These files are created and saved to documents on my laptop and weren't transferred there. Thanks

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    Thanks, I've used an email account to make an attachment and can recover them that way but I'm just confused as to why they are 'corrupted' in the first place.

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    General rule:

    When using Word pretend that the USB stick does not exist. That means:
    • Do not print documents that are on a flash drive.
    • Do not open documents that are on a flash drive.
    • Do not save documents to a flash drive.


    Doing any of these can corrupt a document on a flash drive.

    To use the document, put it on a hard drive and use it there. If you make changes, save them to the hard drive. When the document is closed, copy it to the flash drive.
    Charles Kyle Kenyon
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    That sounds logical. Thanks

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