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Man, This Document Looks Weird!

It happens often. I even talk about it in my Word book. It goes like this: You open a document in Word and the document looks strange.

You don't remember saving the document that way. After puzzling a bit, you're afraid that the document has been corrupted. You panic. Then you e-mail me. And I reply like this:

You need to check the Files Of Type drop-down list in the Open dialog box. Whatever format you have selected from that list is how Word interprets what you open.

open dialog box

For example, if you select "Recover Text from Any File" then Word does just that — even to Word's own files! The result is disappointing on the screen.

So ensure that you have chosen "Word Documents" or one of the similar options from the list, then open the file.