I have recently discovered an effective method for recovering text from corrupt doc files using NotePad++ and the TextFX Characters plugin.
- Install Notepad++ if you don't have it installed already.
- Go to the "Plugins" menu and start up the "Plugins Manager".
- Install "TextFX Characters".
- Hit Control-A on your keyboard to highlight all the characters in your document.
- Choose the "TextFX" menu which should now have a separate choice on the main menu right next to "Plugins".
- Next choose "TextFX Characters" proper and then scroll down and choose "Zap all non-printable characters to #".
- Hit Ctl-H to bring up the Search and Replace window and search for "#" and replace it with nothing, not a space, just no character whatsoever. This replacing may take a long time, much longer than the zipping to #. Be patient.
- Now scroll down looking for usable text. When and if you find it, remove the machine code above and below it then save the file as a text file with say the name of the file recovered and "_recovered_text.txt" attached to the end of it. Then you are done.
Unfortunately often times you will not be able to recover text because your file no longer contains usable text but instead has become mixed up replaced with executable, image or other machine code.
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