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If your Office installation is corrupted (due to a virus attack, an incompatible add-in, or an incomplete installation), you will have problems working with Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.). One common problem/symptom due to a damaged installation is that you cannot open (double-click) MS Office documents. (Word or Excel) directly from Windows Explorer and your Office application opens instead, but without displaying your document in it (for example, Word displays a blank page). In such cases, the only way to open the documents is “”File > It’s open” menu, or by dragging and dropping your document (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) into the appropriate Office application.

In this guide, I will show you an easy way to fix your Office installation and solve the MS Word blank page problem or any other problems you may encounter while using the MS Office product.

Attention: Before proceeding with repairing your Office installation, make sure your computer is free of malware using this guide: Malware Removal Guide Clean Your Infected Computer.

How to repair Office 2003, Office 2007, Office 2010, or Office 2013

Select the version of Office you want to repair:

Office 2003
Office 2007
Office 2010 or Office 2013

How to repair Office 2003:

Method 1: Repair Office 2003 using the Detect and Repair option.

1. Open Microsoft Word.

2. From the main menu of Word “help me” > “Detection and repair

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3. At”Detection and repair” options leave the default settings (Restore my tabs while debugging.) and “Start” button. *

Note:Detection and repair” tool may ask you to insert the original Office installation CD during the repair process.

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4. Wait for the repair process to finish and you’re done.

Method 2: Repair Microsoft Office using the Programs and Features options in the Windows Control Panel.

1. go to Start > Control Panel.

2. Double click to open “Programs and Features” (or “Add or remove programs” if you are using Windows XP).

3. In the program list, select “.Microsoft Office 2003Click on “Version installed on your computer” and “Change“.*

*. In Windows 7.8 “Change” option can be found at the top of the list of programs.

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4. At”Service mode parametersOn the ” screen, select “Reinstall or repair” option and then click “The next one“.

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5. Then “Identify and fix errors in my Office installation” and “Restore the Start Menu shortcutsunder ” and press “Installation“.

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How to repair Office 2007

Method 1. Fix Office 2007 problems from within the Office 2007 programs.

1. Running one from installed Office 2007 programs (eg Word 2007)

2. click on Microsoft Office button image and then “Word Options”. *

* If you can’t find the Office key, you can find it “Office diagnosticsunder “property”.HELP ME” menu.

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3. click onResources” from the left panel.

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4. “Make a diagnosis” next to ” buttonRun Microsoft Office Diagnostics” option.

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5. Click on “Keep going” button to run Office diagnostics,

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6. Finally click onRun diagnostics” and wait until the diagnostic process is complete.

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Method 2. RunningMicrosoft Office Diagnostics” tool from Windows Explorer.

1. Open Windows Explorer and navigate to:

  • For Office 2007 32 bit version: C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\microsoft shared\OFFICE12
  • For Office 2007 64 bit version: C:\Program Files\Common Files\microsoft shared\OFFICE12

2. Find and then double-clickOFFDIAG.EXE” to start office diagnostics.

3. Follow the on-screen instructions to fix Office 2007 installation problems.

Method 3. Repair Microsoft Officeusing “”.Programs and featuresoptions from ”. Windows control panel.

1. go to Start > Control Panel.

2. Double click to open “Programs and Features” (or “Add or remove programs” if you are using Windows XP).

3. In the program list, select “.Microsoft OfficeClick on “Version installed on your computer” and “Change” from above.

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4. Select “Repair” option and then click “Keep going“.

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How to repair Office 2010 or Office 2013.

The only way to repair an Office 2010 or Office 2013 installation is to use “”.Programs and featuresoptions from ”. Windows control panel. So, if you want to repair Office 2010 or Office 2013:

1. go to Start > Control Panel.

2. Double click to open “Programs and features“.

3. In the program list, select “.Microsoft OfficeClick on “Version installed on your computer” and “Change” from above.

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4. On the next screen “Repair” option and press “Keep going“.

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