The Document Caused Serious Error – Word Error and Recovery
If a Microsoft Word document crashes unexpectedly when you try to open it, the application adds the file to list of Disabled Items to avoid further issues. You cannot open such file unless you manually enable it. At times, when you fail to open the document even after re-enabling it through suitable options, the odds are that the document is corrupted. You should then use your recent file backup to restore such damaged documents or scan your damaged file by using advanced Word Repair tools.
As an instance, you try to open a Word document but fail to do so. Subsequently, when you again try to open the same document, you might receive the below error
“The document ‘Filename’ caused a serious error the last time it was opened. Would you like to continue opening it?”
The application crashes and you cannot access the contents of this document. The error is specific to Microsoft Word 2003 and 2007.
Microsoft Word gives the above error with a document if it has been added to list of Disabled Items for Microsoft Office program. This generally occurs if you have tried opening this file two or more times and each time, the application has crashed due to errors in the file.
To open and thus access the contents of affected Word document, you first need to enable it by following these steps:
You need to click Help and then About Microsoft Office Word.
You can then click Disabled Items. It will show the complete list of disabled items in Word.
Click the affected file and then Enable to re-enable the affected document
Click Microsoft Office Button and then Word Options
You need to click Add-Ins listed in the left pane of window
Next, select Disabled Items of Manage list listed in the right pane of window and then click Go
You should then click the affected document then Enable to re-enable itOpen the damaged document. If you fail to do so, the document might be corrupted. You should use your recent file backup and restore it. If no clean backup is available, scan the file by using word recovery software. Word repair utilities use powerful scanning algorithms to repair the file and are embedded with advanced recovery options.