I can't retrieve word documents what to do

Bheki 1 Reputation point

I saved the files in the storage and USB, but when I want to work with them they can't be opened.

Word Management
Word Management
Word: A family of Microsoft word processing software products for creating web, email, and print documents.Management: The act or process of organizing, handling, directing or controlling something.
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  1. Emily Hua-MSFT 24,321 Reputation points Microsoft Vendor


    Is there any error message? If yes, please share us with it.

    If you copy them to your local computer, will this issue persist?

    • If no, please go to Word app > File > Options > Trusted Locations > Add new location > Add the pathe of these documents.
      If these files can be trusted, please also go to Protected View > Uncheck the box of "Enable protected view for files located in potentially unsafe location" temporarily.
      Please also make sure your storage and USB is not blocked via security software, you may disable or quit the antivirus software to check this issue.
    • If yes, could you please open it on other computers for a test?
      Besides, please right click thise documents > Propertities > Click Unblock on the General tab if there is. Then click OK.

    Any questions, please let me know.

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  2. Stefan Blom 1,111 Reputation points MVP

    Which type of USB storage have you been using? Note that USB sticks may be very unsafe. It is a lot safer to save on the local drive. You can still copy files to a USB stick when you want to move them, of course.