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Hi all,

I was preparing notes for a presentation to my university class on a friend's laptop (because the harddrive on mine was failing, it's now been replaced) when suddenly, all the text became Chinese characters and numbers. I'm thinking it may be corrupted?

I have no idea what happened, but I'm now in the crisis-situation of finding a way to retrieve the file, or starting all over again! Any help greatly appreciated - some relevant information:

1. I type fast, so it's possible I may have accidentally tapped a shortcut on the keyboard that I didn't know about and done this myself - not sure.


2. The laptop I was working on at the time had basically zero space on the harddrive, and was flashing warnings of lack of memory maybe causing reduced performance - the machine was also pretty slow.
3. It's not the font - that was the first thing I checked
4. I've tried saving the file in different formats, PDF, etc. but it doesn't seem to help. It's still just gibberish.

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(To clarify, I'm now back on my own laptop, having moved the file over.)
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Hi Marienna,

Can you upload a copy of the document?
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Here it is - thanks
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Hi Marienna,

I've tried various approaches to extracting the content (eg examining the internal xml file contents and examing the strings with vba code), but can't find anything I can restore to normal text. Given your earlier comments:
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The laptop I was working on at the time had basically zero space on the harddrive, and was flashing warnings of lack of memory
I suspect the lack of space has led to insufficient space being available for saving the document, with the result that its content has indeed been corrupted.
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I thought as much... Oh well, once more, from the top, I suppose!

Thank you very much for trying!
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