“The document caused a serious error the last time it was opened”- fix now

Have you recently come across such an error saying that the document or spreadsheet caused some error when you tried opening Excel or Word in the previous session?

If yes, then here is a possible fix to get rid of this problem without having to do much. 

Alas! Many people have reportedly faced the same situation and this frustrated them a lot. But, you should not worry if you have also landed in the same situation.

Most of us get panic when we encounter such problems while working with any of the Office applications.

Well, you should not. Because the error resolving process applies to almost all the Word and Excel versions you might be using. 

Fortunately, this method applies to Excel for Office 365, Excel 2019, Excel 2016, Excel 2013, Excel 2010, Word for Office 365, Word 2019, Word 2016, Word 2013, and Word 2010. 

But, before involving a stepwise discussion about the fix for this problem, we shall probably talk about its symptoms as well as causes. 

Symptoms and causes

You are not alone who is facing this problem. There are several others in the same boat as you. 

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Speaking about the symptom of this particular problem all we could see is that the people on whose system this problem is detected received an error message. 

The error message says that the particular Word or Excel file caused a kind of error when the user tried opening it the previous time. A dialog box is also accompanied with it asking you if you wish to continue opening the file or not. 

Now, you might be having a question in your mind that caused this problem to arise. 

In fact, all of us would struggle with the same question from the very beginning. 

To be clear, the said problem could arise because of several known or unknown reasons. If you know the reason, then it is well and good. If you do not know it, then it could be arising because the file is available in the list of disabled files. 

There could be another reason behind it which is the unexpected crashing of the program more than two times while you tried opening it.  

With that, let’s jump right into the resolution to get rid of this error without delaying anymore. 

Stepwise resolution to get rid of the problem

To resolve this problem, you should probably remove the particular file you are having a problem with from the list of disabled files for the Microsoft Office program. 

To do so, follow the steps given below which vary for Word 2003 or Excel 2003 and Word 2007 or Excel 2007.

If you are having the said problem in Word 2003 or Excel 2003, then you need to first navigate to the Help menu of your Microsoft Program. 

Now, navigate to the About section to view the list of disabled files. Once the list is displayed, you need to select the option reading as ‘Disabled Items’.

After this, you should find out which file you want to re-enable and click on the ‘Enable’ option present against it.

On the other hand, if you are having a problem with Word 2007 or Excel 2007, then click on the Microsoft Office Button.

Further, you have to click on Word Options or Excel Options based on the problem causing the file. 

When the list if Disabled Items opens, click ‘Add-Ins’ and then select ‘Disabled Items’ from the Manage list section. 

Finally, click on the Go button and then re-enable the desired file after following a few recommended prompts. 

With this, the process too comes to an end and by now the problem must have been resolved. The important thing here to keep in mind is to restart the system once you are done saving the changes.