Microsoft Word documents are susceptible to corruption and loss from a variety of causes, including viruses and other attacks, system crashes, software incompatibility, and even media read errors and other inexplicable events. Stellar Information Systems' Phoenix Word Recovery Software can help users recover and repair damaged Word documents. It doesn't promise to recover every lost document, but it can undo a wide range of damage.
This program's job is to find Word docs gone on walkabout in your system and, if they're damaged or corrupted, restore them to a previous state, including all links, OLE objects, and document information. The clean but very basic interface opens with quick-start instructions in the main display and a small pop-up for adding files to the left-hand tree view. Tabs display full documents as well as Filtered and Raw text. The program won't do its thing if Word is running, a minor annoyance. Clicking the Repair button almost instantly prepared our Word doc for saving, though a pop-up in the trial version noted that we'd need to register the program to save the recovered document. A log view recorded the action, a helpful feature when recovering multiple documents.
Phoenix Word Recovery works in Vista and Windows 7 and supports Word versions from 2000 to 2007. It has a fully indexed Help file as well as online support and a knowledge base. The registered version is available in a variety of licensing options. If you depend on Word, it's worth it to check out Stellar Phoenix Word Recovery.