If you google for apps to recover corrupt .docx files there are a phletora of tools! Yeesh! Make backups people. You have to get burned once I suppose before you learn to make backups properly. I remember in the good old days, (well, the old days, (well, 1993ish, (not so old))) when I got a bit overconfident and put tons of content into a .doc for my final year project ... AND then discovered that the files I had worked on for hours were unopenable despite a few backups along the way. Argh!
So the winner of this impromptu recover text from .docx file IS:
Congrats to Sandeep Kumar.
Extra especially pleased I am that it is a perl script :) Heh heh :)
ANd actually looking inside it's nice and straightforward. Open up internals of docx as xml and parse out text
I initially tried xxd
Then had a look with emacs. Murghh not good :-7
Then some .exe shareware tools, docXConvertor.exe Damaged-DOCX2TXT.exe meh meh