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how to corrupt a Word file

When files become corrupt, they are no longer accessible. Due to this fact, users want to corrupt their files. This post lists different ways on how to corrupt a Word file on Windows and Mac. Scroll down to learn what they are.

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How to Corrupt a Word File on Windows

How to corrupt a Word file on Windows so it won’t open? There are four quick ways.

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Way 1: Change the File Extension

Renaming the file extension of a file can make it no longer accessible. The tutorial is below.

Step 1: Make sure file extensions are visible.

  1. Type File Explorer Options in the Windows search bar (can’t type in Windows search) and select the result.
  2. On the File Explorer Options window, switch to the View
  3. See whether the Hide extensions for known file types option in the Advanced settings section is checked.
  4. If it is checked, please uncheck it and then click Apply > OK to save and apply the changes.

uncheck Hide extensions for know file types

Step 2: Rename the Word files that you want to corrupt.

  1. Click the Word file and then press the F2 key.
  2. Switch the text file extension (like .doc) to another kind of file extension like .png, .jpg, . mav, etc.
  3. Click the Yes button when receiving a warning saying “if you change a file name extension, the file might become usable”.

receive a warning

Step 3: Try to open the Word file. It should be inaccessible and you will receive an error saying the file is corrupted.

Way 2: Use Notepad

Step 1: Type Notepad ion the Windows search bar and then choose the result.

Step 2: On the Notepad window, click the File menu and then choose the Open option.

choose Open from the File menu

Step 3: On the Open window, change the file type from Text Documents (*.txt) to All Files (*.*).

switch to All Files (*.*)

Step 4: Select the Word file you want to corrupt and click the Open button.

Step 5: You will see a bunch of gibberish in the Notepad window. Delete seven or eight lines of the text.

a bunch of gibberish

Step 6: Click the File menu and then choose the Save As option from the menu.

Step 8: set the Save as type as All Files and then click the Save button.

Now the file has been corrupted using Notepad.

Way 3: Break the Compression Process

Step 1: Right-click the Word file you want to corrupt and then choose Send to and Compressed (zipped) folder.

click Send to à Compressed (zipped) folder

Step 2: The compression process starts. Cancel it before the process ends.

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Way 4: Use the Online File Corruption Tool

Step 1: Go to the online file corrupt tool.

Step 2: Scroll down and then click the FROM YOUR COMPUTER option to upload the file you want to corrupt.

Step 3: When the file is uploaded, click the CORRUPT FILE button to corrupt the file.

Step 4: Download the file when the process comes to an end.

How to Corrupt a Word File on Mac

You can corrupt a Word file on Mac by changing the file extension or using an online file corruption tool.

Here is the tutorial on how to corrupt a Word file on Mac by changing the file extension.

Step 1: Open Finder on your Mac.

Step 2: Click Preferences à Advanced. Then, tick the Show all filename extensions option.

Step 3: Click the file you want to corrupt and then hit the return key on your keyboard.

Step 4: Replace the current extension, for example, switch the .doc to .jpg. Then, click the return key again and you will receive a notice.

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