You receive a “The document name or path is not valid” error message when you open a document in Word 2002 or 2003

Symptom: After crashing out of Microsoft Word 2002 or 2003, the document that was open can no longer be opened.  The user receives the message: “The document name or path is not valid…” along with some suggestions on how to fix the problem (that don’t work).

Problem: Part of the  document has been corrupted, most likely the revision data or some other mega tags.

Solution 1: Make sure that the latest Office service pack has been installed.  The latest service packs for Office 2002 and 2003 contain a hotfix that takes care of this problem.

Solution 2: If Office is already up to date and the problem is still occurring, try opening the document in a newer version of Word (possibly on another computer, if available – also don’t rule out downloading then uninstalling a trial version from Microsoft’s website).  Newer versions of Word will detect and repair the corrupt data in the file.  If this does not work, open the corrupt file in WordPad, save it as a .RTF file then open it back up in Word.   Most formatting will be lost, but the data contained in the document should be salvageable.  The document can then be saved as a .DOC file and used again.


You receive a “The document name or path is not valid” error message when you open a document in Word 2002

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  1. Adam Gorge says:

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