How to Fix “Word experienced an error trying to open the file”

Recently I have uninstalled my Microsoft Office 2010 and download the Microsoft Office 2016 which is a trail version, though I have managed to activate Microsoft Office 2016 for free. Microsoft Office 2016 is really cool and looking quite same as Microsoft Office 2013 but still better than that. But then I have been facing an awkward problem like when I download some doc or docx file from email attachment and try to open using Microsoft Office 2016 its fails to open the file and shows an error message like this “Word experienced an error trying to open the file” in MS Office.

Word experienced an error trying to open the file

First, I thought that there may be a problem while download process like file corrupted but I was wrong. This problem was happening every time I download a file from Facebook attachment or email and tried to open it. Not only doc file, but also ppt file and excel files.

So how to fix this problem when you are getting this error message “Word experienced an error trying to open the file” while opening a document file in Microsoft Word 2016 or others.

How to Fix “Word experienced an error trying to open the file”

  1. First Open Microsoft Word
  2. Then click on Black Document
  3. Click on File
  4. Click on OptionsScreenshot (74)
  5. Click on Trust Center Tab and open Trust Center SettingsScreenshot (76)
  6. Click on Trusted Location Tab and click on Add new locationScreenshot (78)
  7. A Window will, you just need to Add C drive partition like thisScreenshot (79)
  8. Repeat this process and add other drives like E:\, F:\ if you have any, you don’t need to add an external drive.
  9. Once you have added all the drives just click OK to save it.
  10. Now you will not get the error message while opening any file.
  1. OpencWord,
  2. please go to: File -> Options -> Trust Center -> Trust Center Settings -> Protected View ->
  3. Clear all the check-boxes under Protected View -> OK.

Still, you have any problem, just make a comment here or you can watch this video

How to Fix “Word experienced an error trying to open the file”
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