The Office Open XML file Building Blocks.dotx cannot be opened’ Error in MS Word

Published: 21st July 2008
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For the contents which are used frequently in the documents, Word 2007 allowsyou to add them through building blocks. A building block gallery refers to the collection of the building blocks of the same type and from the predefined galleries; you can give your documents more professional touch by adding cover pages, headers, footers etc.


But sometimes when you select a gallery on the Ribbon while attempting to insert one of the elements in that gallery, the following error message may get flashed:



"The Office Open XML file Building Blocks.dotx cannot be opened because there are problems with the contents."


After this error message, the Word may stop responding. Clicking 'OK' in this error message may generate another error message stating:


"Word found unreadable content in "Building Blocks.dotx". Do you want to recover the contents of this document? If you trust the source of this document, click Yes."


As stated in this error message, if ou click 'yes' to this error message, another message gets displayed:


"Word cannot open this document template. (drive_letter:...1033Building Blocks.dotx)"


The ribbon in Word refers to the panel which houses the buttons and icons and organizes commands as a set of tabs. As the error messages suggest that the problem is with Building Blocks.dotx template which has got corrupted or damaged.


There are two copies of this template. One of which is stored in the user data folder and the other in documents parts folder. In this case, either one or both the copies can be damaged. This may also happen that you may find particular document corrupted. In this case, you need to have Word recovery.


To fix the Building Blocks.dotx file, you need to move it to the temporary folder and then repair Word 2007. This resolution is the key to the template corrupted and not to the documents which have got corrupted. To repair the documents, you need to take help of the third party sotware.

These software are particularly termed as Word recovery software. These software have the ability to scan the corrupted documents and then end up at word repair.

The software are applicable at each case of document corruption and use the powerful algorithms to repair the corrupted document. Equipped with the graphically rich user interface, these Word recovery software never alter the contents of the original documents.


Stellar Phoenix Word Recovery is the most developed utility which is suitable for each case of document corruption and each file version of the MS Word. You can use this Word repair software for any file version of Word like Word 2000, 2002, 2003 and 2007.

This Word recovery software repairs all the objects of the corrupted documents like tables, bulleted lists, charts, drawings etc. The Live Update feature of this Word repair software helps to keep the software updated.




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