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    Feb 01, 2012
    Urgent help needed with Word for Mac 2011

    I am on a deadline and had was just finishing up a document in Word for Mac 2011 (I was pasting in URLs as endnotes) when most of the text changed to chinese characters and some other random coding, like vertical lines between letters. It seems like most of the document has been ruined; I can see some of my words in there but they are random and not in the the right order. I opened he doc in text and it has the same problem. Does anyone have any help to offer? I have a deadline, right... about... now.

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    harryb2448's Avatar
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    Nov 28, 2007
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    iMac i5 2.7GHz, 16GB memory, OS 10.11
    G'day and welcome to the forums.

    Trust Word Preferences shows save document every ten minutes. Simply a matter of locating the final saved version and modifying that. Good Luck.
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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    Member Since
    Feb 01, 2012
    Ok, thanks for that. Unfortunately, the file is not in Autorecovery (there is only one file there, and it's from October 2011). However, I followed the instructions to open a corrupted file, and was able to open the file. This is a sample of what was in it:


    Needless to say, that's not my original text and I have probably just introduced a virus to my Mac.

    Any other ideas out there?

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    BrianLachoreVPI's Avatar
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    Feb 24, 2011
    March 2011 15" MBP 2.3GHz i7 Quad Core 8GB Ram | Mid 2011 27" iMac 3.4 GHz i7 16 GB RAM 2 TB HDD
    I don't know if you found a solution - but if time is of the essence - I'd highly recommend checking with the gurus over at the Word for Mac forums.Office for Mac Support | Office For Mac

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