Friday, October 21, 2016

How to Fix MS Word Unreadable Content Error?

I read a question on a forum. A user has a word document with some unreadable content. He shared his document on google drive and given that link on the question. I downloaded that document and tried to check it. I opened the document and got the following error message:

I read out the details section and click on the OK button. Again I got an error message from Microsoft Word “Word found unreadable content in Your_filename. Do you want to recover the contents of this document? If you trust the source of this document, click Yes”. 

I clicked on Yes button to open the file. 
The Word document has 20 pages and 90% content was in the readable form. Some mathematical equations were in unreadable form and to repair them I perform the following methods:
  • Open file using Zoho Writer: Zoho writer is fully featured word processing program on the cloud. I logged in from Google drive account and tried to open that shared file using Zoho writer and click Continue button for further process. I clicked on Download button but it didn’t download the file. So it didn’t work for me and I moved for the next option.
  • Open file using Lumin PDF: This option is also available on Google drive. I opened the document using Lumin PDF. After completion of the loading process, I saw the file in PDF format. All unreadable contents were readable so I downloaded the file. After that, I converted the PDF file into a Word Document and sent it to the user. 
Important Note: It would be possible that Lumin PDF will not load the document in one attempt so, try to open the file 2 or 3 times. 

More about MS Word unreadable content error 
If Word document is damaged, then you may get the unreadable content error message on your screen. There are so symptoms of damaged document:
  1. It hangs or freezes
  2. Closed automatically
  3. Doesn’t saves the document
  4. Showing not responding error message
  5. The user becomes unable to open it etc.
More solutions to fix the error
  1. Open and Repair:  Try open and repair option first to repair this error. Go to File, click on open, select the damaged file and select Open and Repair option.
  2. Change the document format: Try to change the format of a word document to Rich Text Format (.rtf). If you have only text in the document, then you could also try the Plain Text (.txt) format.
  3. Check the Add-Ins setting: COM Add-ins may be the reason of this problem so check these Add-Ins. Go to File->Options->Add-Ins->Com Add-Ins and click OK. Now delete them and try to open your document.
  4. Open in safe mode: Try to pen MS Word in safe mode. To open the document in safe mode, hold the CTRL key and open your MS Word document. 
  5. Third-Party Tool: A third party tool like Stellar Phoenix Word Repair is one of the best and safe technique to fix corruption of a Word document. Download and install the software and select the damaged file to repair. 
Conclusion: Always take a secure step to repair the document and, take a backup of it. I have discussed some possible solution with you and, if you have any quick tips or methods to fix the error then share with me. I will include it if find it feasible for the user. 

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

How to fix MS Excel blank worksheet issue?

Blank Excel file problem is a very irritating situation. In this case, you will be unable to see the content of the file. Here, I am going to share some solutions to fix this issue.

Before proceeding any methods, try Open and Repair option to fix the issue. when open and repair option not works then, try these options:
  • Copy the file from one location to another location and try to open it. 
  • Rename the file or change the file extension. 
If you are not able to fix the issue by these solutions, then try them:
  1. Ignore Dynamic Data Exchange (DDE): Some applications can interrupt MS Excel to open the worksheet or Excel shows blank worksheet. With DDE option, Excel can share the information with other applications. 
To stop this process, go to File->Options->Advanced. Check the General section and check the “Ignore other applications that use Dynamic Data Exchange (DDE)” and click OK to save the setting.

  1. Check Add-Ins Setting: Turn-off the COM Add-Ins of Excel program.
    1. Open MS Excel
    2. Go to File->Options
    3. Select Add-ins option and, choose COM Add-Ins
    4. Click on Go button
    5. Uncheck them and click OK.

  1. Check File Association: Reset the Excel file association to check the system performance. To do this, follow these steps:
    • For Windows 8
      1. Go to Control Panel
      2. Click on default program->set your default program
      3. Click on Excel, then select choose default for this program
      4. A set program association screen will appear, choose Select All and click on Save.
    • For Windows 7
      1. Open Control Panel and go to Default Programs
      2. Click on Associate a file type or protocol with a specific program
      3. Choose Microsoft Excel Worksheet and the change program
      4. Recommended Program->Microsoft Excel
  2. Repair Office: One solution to fix this issue is, repairing of MS Office program. You can easily do this by following these steps:
    1. Open Control Panel
    2. Click on uninstall the program
    3. Select MS Office from the list
    4. Right click on it and select Change option
    5. Now choose the Repair option and click on Continue button.
  1. Disable Hardware Acceleration: Sometimes, a display issue is also occurred by the hardware graphics acceleration. The symptoms of this interruption are: blurry Office program, Screen flashes, the document not displayed well, Program crashes, reduction in program performance etc. To disable the hardware graphic acceleration in MS Excel, follow these steps:
    1. Go to File->Options->Advanced
    2. Under Display section, “Disable hardware graphic acceleration” option is available. Check the option click on the OK button.

If above options won’t work then, you can give a chance to Stellar Phoenix Excel Repair tool. It is a third-party tool which is able to repair all types of Excel file error.

Conclusion: This blog described the five solutions to fix the blank Excel file issue. It is also possible that, the issue is fixed by either one method or more than one. Close the background process and delete the unwanted Add-Ins from the list for the fast and efficient working of MS Excel.   
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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Simple Tips to Fix Bookmark Not Defined Error

Bookmark not define error occurs in the large size word document. The main reason of this error is broken link to into the bookmark. It is also related to TOC (Table of Content) and some user complaint this error during updating of TOC. The complete error message is:

Error! Bookmark Not Defined.” or “Error! Reference source not found.

Important Tip: If you get the same error then press Ctrl+Z to undo action. It works instantly on the document but not worked when you perform any other operations and save the document.

Let’s see some reliable solution to fix it!

Solution 1:

If you are trying to merge the content into a new document, then unlink them before doing it. This process converts TOC field to actual text and tries to prevent it from any update. If you want to update the TOC, you must reinsert it.

Steps to unlink the table of contents:

  1. Place insertion point within the table of contents.
  2. Press ctrl+shift+f9 (for Windows), or the command key+shift+f9 (for Macintosh).

Solution 2:

Open MS word and go to File option. Now click on Options. Select Advanced and check Show bookmarks option under Show document content category and click OK.

After selection this option, you will be able to see the bookmark of the entire document. For a block of text, it looks like a square bracket.

Solution 3:

If you are not in the hurry, then write down the complete text then insert a table of content after merging to the new document. You can also reinstate missing bookmarks as well as the earlier displayed result.

Solution 4:

A third-party tool can be very useful if, the above solutions don’t work. Stellar Phoenix Word Repair software is a very secure way to fix Bookmark not defined error. It supports MS Word 2013 version to 2000 version and compatible with Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, 2003, XP, 2000 and, NT4(SP6).

The repairing process is very simple with this DIY software. Download Stellar Phoenix Word Repair then select the corrupt document and repair it.

Note: Demo version is also available for this software and tries its demo version first before buying the software.

Conclusion: Fix the error with the help of these solutions and always try any repairing process on a copy of the actual document. If you have any question and suggestion related to this error, then share with me.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

5 Powerful Solutions to Fix QuickBooks Error 6177

Error 6177 occurs when QuickBooks software does not recognise the path to open the company file. This is the primary reason but, other reasons can also be cause for this error. Let’s discuss some important solution to fix this error.

Solution 1: Move your company file to hard-drive

  • Change the location of your company file from a server or any other drive to C drive.
  • Now open the file from there.
  • Create a portable file and save the company file in local drive.
  • Close the company file.
  • Now, restore your portable file from C drive and save to server.
  • Select company file and open it from server. 5-powerful-solutions-to-fix-quickbook

Solution 2: Update the QuickBooks version

  • Visit the product page of QuickBooks and update with the latest release.
  • Always update all the updates: manual & automatic to protect the QuickBooks from unwanted error.

Solution 3: Manually Fix

Follow these steps to manually fix the QuickBooks error 6177

  • Open the folder that contains company file and search the Network Descriptor file. It looks like that: YourCompanyFileName.QBW.ND
  • Right click on ND file and select the Delete option.
  • Now Configure QuickBooks Database manager.
  • Now click on Windows button > programs> QuickBooks>QuickBooks Database Server Manager. If you are using Windows 8 OS then, Press the Windows key and type QuickBooks database manager and select it.
  • Click on Add Folder button.

  •  Now find a folder with QuickBooks file and Click OK.
  • Click on Scan and see on QuickBooks Company Files Found list. It shows all the hosting file.

  • Click on close option after completion of scanning.

Solution 4: Check Company file access permission in Windows OS

  • Right click on the folder which contains the company file and select Properties.
  • Go to Security tab and then click on Advanced tab.
  • Click on QBDataServiceUser… which depends on your QuickBooks version and click Edit.
  • Verify these attributes:
    • Traverse Folder
    • List Folder
    • Read Attributes
    • Read Extended Attributes
    • Create Files
    • Create Folders
    • Write Attributes
    • Write Extended Attributes
    • Read Permissions

Solution 5: Stellar Phoenix Recovery for QuickBooks® Software

It is a third party QuickBooks file recovery software. Follow these steps:

  • Download the software and install on your system.
  • After installation process completed; open it.
  • Select the corrupt QBW file and click on Scan File button.
  • After complete scanning, you will be able to see the preview of file information.
  • Mention the QuickBooks version & path to save the repaired file.

Conclusion: QuickBooks error 6177 does not occurs frequently but when it occurs; prevent you to open your company file. So always have updated backup of file to avoid data loss. I have mentioned top 5 solutions for this error; if you know any other then I am happy to hear from you guys!
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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Miracle of IFERROR Function in MS Excel

In this blog, I am going to share my knowledge on iferror() function. Let’s take an example to understand in a better way.

iferror() Function

It is one of the most useful logical function of MS Excel which worked on logical values (True and false). It checks the initial expression and returns an error or we can say returns the second argument. It comes under top 10 formulas of MS Excel. This function is not available on earlier versions of MS Excel 2007. The basic syntax of this function is:

IFERROR(value, “value_if_error”)


  • value: Expression for testing.
  • Value_if_error: Error value returned by the function. It evaluated the following error types: #N/A, #VALUE!, #REF!, #DIV/0!, #NUM!, #NAME?, or #NULL!.

Important Notes:

  1. For empty value, it will be an empty string (“”) not an error.
  2. If user won’t write any message in value_if_error string (“”) then, no error message will be displayed.

We have numbers here, Numerators and Denominators. In the last row, we have total sum of these numbers.

78 is the sum of 5+15+22+36 i.e. auto sum function doesn’t add any value for characters. When you will apply the formula “a/b” in column 3 then, the result will be like this:

You can see two errors in column 3. One is #Div/0! And other is #value!

The sum is also showing the error because sum function cannot add these errors. It is a small data but, think about the large data. It is very tough to find the error in a large amount of data and not possible to fix the problem manually. In this case, IFERROR function can be very important.

Now, I will perform the same operation with iferror function: iferror(B5/C5, “”) and press enter. You can write the error message in the quote (“”) sign or leave it blank.

I leave it blank and get the above output. With the help of iferror function, it is easy to value related errors in MS Excel.

Sometimes, functions don’t work in MS Excel due to many reasons like registry problem, corruption in MS Excel file etc. Registry is a huge database where most of the system errors come from. So, you should clean the corrupt registry on a daily basis.

If there is a corruption in MS Excel file, then you can use open and repair option or a reliable third-party tool to fix the corruption.

Conclusion: I described the use of iferror() function with appropriate example. So use this function to test the error and replace it with the meaningful result. Share your thoughts on this post via your valuable comments. 
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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

5 Common QuickBooks Errors & Solutions

QuickBooks are used by several businesses, but most of them cannot use the program correctly. You might have lost some of your valuable data due to some errors in the QuickBooks. You need not fret! In this blog, we will discuss about the 5 most common QuickBooks errors and their solutions.

You might have encountered different QuickBooks errors that has affected the information you had saved on the QuickBooks file. In this post we will be discussing the common errors and how to resolve them. Here are the 5 common QuickBooks errors:

  1. QuickBooks Error 1306
  2. QuickBooks Error: -6144, -301
  3. QuickBooks Error 1606
  4. QuickBooks Error H101, H202, H303, and H505
  5. Income Account: The specified Account does not exist in the list

Let us discuss the errors and their solutions in detail –

  • QuickBooks Error 1306

You might have noticed that when you tried to install any update for QuickBooks, an error 1306 is displayed on the screen, which reads - Another application has exclusive access to [filename].

This error is common and appears when another process of the program is still running on the background.  Even if you have closed the QuickBooks program, certain parts of the program process continues to run and is visible in Windows Task Manager window. This error may also occur because of a damaged installation of the program.

How to fix it?
Even before you try to fix the error that has appeared on the screen while attempting to install program updates, you must close all the processes of the QuickBooks. And, in case the error occurs because of a damaged installation, you must get the program repaired. To repair, here are the steps that needs to be followed –

  1. Close the QuickBooks program 
  2. Reboot.bat. file
  3. Restart the computer and the QuickBooks program
  4. In case this error still appears, try and repair the existing installation
  5. If the error still persists, uninstall the program

Note:  If the problem persist after following these steps, contact an expert.

  • QuickBooks Error: -6144, -301

Sometimes when you are trying to access the QuickBooks company file, an Error 6144, -301 occurs. This error is an indication that the company files is corrupt. In order to fix it, you will have to restore the most recent backup. If you are still unsure or unable to do it, get in touch with a data service team or even use a third part tool.

  • QuickBooks Error 1606:

While trying to install QuickBooks, you might have seen this error message on the screen. There isn’t anything to whine when you see this error message. It is essential for you to know that such error messages appear when the Windows user account is corrupt or the listed network location on the error is not available.

How to fix it?
To resolve this problem, you can install the program through the Admin user account.  Or else you can follow the steps mentioned below –

  1. Restart your computer
  2. Sign-in to the computer using the Windows admin username and password
  3. Try installing the program through the admin account 
    • Use selective start-up mode to restart the computer. Reinstall the QuickBooks program
Note: Choose the appropriate option from above list.

  • QuickBooks Error H101, H202, H303, and H505:

When you are trying to open QuickBooks company file in the multi-user mode, you might have encountered Error H101, H202, H303, and H505. This error often appears when you either try to work with a file located in another computer, and the copy that you are trying to open isn’t able to reach the server on that computer. Or, when you try to access the file on another computer that requires additional setup and installations.  To fix this error, you need to turn off the hosting on all the machines and turn it on a single machine.

How to fix it?
In order to fix it, you will have to turn on the hosting for a single computer and turn it off for the rest. After that follow the below mentioned steps -

  1. Open the program and go to File > Utilities
  2. If the Host Multi-User Access option appears in the list, this means that this computer is not hosting the company file and you can move on to the next computer
  3. If Stop Hosting Multi-User Access appears, select it and click on the Yes tab for confirmation
  4. Restart the computer and repeat the same process in rest of the computers
  5. After completion of this process, turn on the hosting on the computer that is assigned as the server

  • Income Account: The specified Account does not exist in the list:

When you are importing an item in QuickBooks, you must have come across this error message that appears in the CSV error log. This error message means that the income account that you have selected on an item has not still been created in QuickBooks. How to fix:

You can resolve it by adding that particular account to the chart of accounts and import again.
 Click on Chart of Accounts.

  1. Go to Account->New.
  2. Select Income and click on Continue button.
  3. Now fill the details for new account and click Save & Close option.

Conclusion: These are the 5 common QuickBooks errors and their solutions. It is essential to know the exact reason of the errors so that you can  fix  them. Hope you have found this blog helpful . Keep reading and share your thoughts on this blog by leaving a comment below.

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Monday, May 2, 2016

Nailed the Excel file error: data may have been lost

Sometimes it is difficult to fix few MS Excel file related errors and file error: data may have been lost is one of them. Generally, this error occurs due to compatibility issue or corruption in MS Excel file. You should not ignore this error message because it can compel you into a severe data loss. Let’s see some possible solutions to fix this error:

  • Open Excel file in safe mode: We have two options to open MS Excel in safe mode.
      • Using Command: To open excel file in safe mode, press Windows key + R, and type following command and press enter: Excel.exe /s. Note: There is a space between Excel.exe and /s. Next, open the file in safe mode.
      • Manual: Go to Options->Add-Ins. In Manage option, click on Disable Items and click on Go button. After pressing Go button, the items will be listed in the disabled item list. You can enable them so it will help to reopen the Excel file.
    • Rename the File: Rename the excel file and try to open it once again. If the problem still persists, then change the file extension (Example: xls to xlsx) of the file.To check file compatibility, go to File then click Info. Click on Convert option in Compatibility Mode. This option will change the file according to your MS office version. 
    • Open the file in Same Version: Try to open the file in the version it was created.
    • Open and Repair: It is the best option to repair a corrupt excel file. To use this option, follow these steps:
      • Open MS Excel.
      • Go to Open, and select the file which you want to repair.
      • There is an arrow next to the open button, click on it and select Open and Repair option.
      • Click the Repair option.
      • Save the Workbook as Web Page: It is the best option for recovering the text of excel file.
        • Open Excel file.
        • Go to Save As option.
        • Select as Web Page from the list.
        • Click Save then Yes.
      • Third Party tool: If you tried all these solutions but your file still shows the same error, then Stellar Phoenix Excel Repair might be your last stop. It repairs corrupt .XLS and .XLSX file. Download this software from here and install on your machine. You can also see the preview of your corrupt data before saving it.
      These are the possible solutions for fixing “data may have been lost” error. Do not ignore this error message because it could be unhealthy for your MS Excel data. If you have any other solution for this error, then share with me. 
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      Wednesday, April 27, 2016

      Fixing QuickBooks Error 6000, 816

      While working with QuickBooks, a user may encounter error 6000, 816 on their screen, owing to which they will not be able to access the QuickBooks company file. In this article, you will learn the reasons for this error code and how you can fix it. So let’s begin identifying the reasons first as this will help troubleshoot the error code.

      What are the possible Reasons for Error 6000, 816?

      QuickBooks generates this error message when it is unable to open the QuickBooks company file. It can happen due to several reasons such as:

      • Specified company file is already in use by another user.
      • File might be corrupt or damaged.
      • Specified file is not supported.
      • Third-party application.

      (-6000,-816): QuickBooks is unable to open the file because the file is in use by another person or damaged or not supported.

      Troubleshooting Methods for Error 6000, 816: There are several troubleshooting methods available to fix the error, though it largely depends on the root cause.

      • Close QuickBooks using Task Manager: Try to open ‘Task Manager’ by pressing “Alt+Ctrl+Delete” from the keyboard simultaneously. Now click on the processes tab and look for any qbw process is open or not. If any process is open, then stop it and try to open your company file.
      • Restart Your Machine: If the task manager shows ‘no any. qbw process is running,’ then try to restart your machine. Sometimes, restarting the machine is the best step for any kind of QuickBooks error messages. 
      • Repair File using File Doctor: Intuit offers the ‘File Doctor’ tool to repair corrupt company data file. It is available in QuickBooks 2014 R2 and all later versions. Some of the features of this tool are:
        • Works on QuickBooks US, UK, and CA versions.
        • Compatible with Windows 8, 7, Vista, XP, and server 2003 to 2012.
        • Supports .qbw and .qba files.
        • QuickBooks does not require repairing the corrupt file.
      Remember! You can’t repair a corrupt company file greater than 2 GB using File Doctor tool.
      • 3rd party Software: If your QuickBooks company data file is greater than 2 GB in size or is using other version of QuickBooks then you can opt for the Stellar Phoenix Recovery for QuickBooks Software which can repair all versions of corrupt QuickBooks files and supports several versions of QuickBooks (US, UK, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Germany, and South Africa).
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      Wednesday, March 23, 2016

      How to fix QuickBooks Error -6190, -816 like an expert

      Users may get the different errors while working on the QuickBooks and one of the most common error is -6190, -816. Here I am going to describe the reasons for this error and possible solutions to fix it.

      • Mismatch between the .qbw file and .tlg file.
      • Another user is logged in single user mode.
      • Data corruption in QuickBooks data file.

      These are the few reasons which can be responsible for this error. To fix this issue, check the following solutions:

      Solution 1: Mismatch .tlg file
      • Check the name of .tlg file. Its name should be the same as company data file.
      • If it is not same as company file then, right click on the .tlg file and rename it.
      Solution 2: Another user logged in
      • Ensure that, all users have been logged out.
      • Restart the computer.
      • Copy your data file into local drive then copy it back to its original location.
      • Now open the file in QuickBooks.
      Solution 3: Data Corruption

      If the corruption is in the data file (.qbw) then you can use QuickBooks Repair software. Stellar Phoenix Recovery for QuickBooks® Software is the single software which repairs the corrupt .qbw files. It supports the .qbw file created in 2015 to 2007.

      Conclusion: So these are common reasons of QuickBooks Error -6190, -816 and solutions. I hope it will help you to fix it. Keep reading and share your thoughts on the same. 
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      Tuesday, March 8, 2016

      Different JPEG errors and their solutions

      JPEG is very famous native media format and it is used by the people of different fields like designers, photographer and, students etc. It is a well-known format so no needs to introduce it. I had few photos in JPEG format and few of them were looking messy when I opened them. Well, being as an IT professional, I love to find and execute new ideas so I read about the common errors of JPEG and write this blog for you.

      JPEG error #53 

      This Error may occur by the following reasons:

      • Due to insufficient memory on the disk.
      • Availability of bad sectors.
      • Damaged file header.
      • Improper SD card removal from the device which has JPEG images.
      • When a user clicks the picture and battery is low.

      Solution: Try to open the file in Paint or Photoshop and resave it. It may fix the error.

      JPEG error #42

      Generally, this error occurs due to the size of the file or when a user saves the file at 100% quality.

      Solution: Save the file in less than 100%. Some points of quality are given below:

      • Low – 10%
      • Medium – 30%
      • High – 60%
      • Very High – 80%
      • Maximum – 100%

      Note: In adobe Photoshop, the 60% image quality is considered as the high quality. So always try to avoid maximum quality (100%).

      Broken JPEG file header

      This is an issue which I want to share with you. File header contents important information about the file. It occurs when one bit or more than one bit misplace from its right place.

      Solution: Open the file in hex editor and fix the error. If you are unable to do this then try a best JPEG recovery tool to fix this issue.

      Error code 0x8000000a

      The main reason for this error code is the damaged Windows system files. It can be a real threat to your system.

      Solution: Manual Solution of this error

      • Log on as an administrator. 
      • Click the Start button and go to select All Programs, Accessories, System Tools, and then click on the System Restore. 
      • In the new window, select "Restore my computer to an earlier time" option and click Next
      • Select most recent system restores point from the "On this list, click a restore point" list, and click on the Next.
      • Click Next on the confirmation window. 
      • Restarts the computer when the restoration is finished. 

      One tool for all Errors

      If you are unable to fix the errors or other jpeg issues then, you can try Stellar Phoenix JPEG Repair software to get back your JPEG/JPG files. It is specially developed to fix the corruption in these files. Now, the question is How to repair JPG or JPEG files from this tool? The answer is:

      • Select the corrupt file.

      • Click on the Repair button.

      The three step process will repair the files successfully.

      Final Words: We have seen few JPEG errors and their solutions and I hope these solutions will help you to solve the errors. If you have the other options to fix them share with me and I will appreciate your interest. 

      Author Bio: Kyle Morris is a mother of two beautiful daughters and working in an IT industry for over 23 years of experience in Web Designing. She is the fan of new technologies. In spare time, she loves to write blogs.
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