How to fix corrupted HTML files using Notepad

Aleksandar Ognjanovic
by Aleksandar Ognjanovic
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Working in with any file, including the HTML, requires timely backups. Some users got themselves in the disadvantageous position as the files got corrupted for some reason. If the corrupted HTML file is indeed corrupted and we’re not looking at the encoding error, there’s hardly anything you can do. However, if the encoding made the text all scrambled, check below for the resolution.

How to repair corrupted HTML files

Chances that your HTML file will get corrupted are pretty low. Still, it’s always suggested to create multiple backups of all your projects and save them in different locations. There’s a small chance you’ll be able to recover HTML corrupted files if they’re not properly saved. Also, the same goes if you’ve overwritten those files. Which, combined, makes retrieving the file impossible.

However, you can utilize some tools within the editing tools (Notepad ++ or Microsoft Word) to try and fix the corruption. Even though we won’t hold our hopes high.solve corrupted HTML file issues

In addition, sometimes the tool won’t be able to decode the character if you’ve copy-pasted special characters or concatenated (linked) two different encoding schemes.

So, open the document and cycle through all available encoding schemes until you find the one which fits the current scheme. If that doesn’t help, you can use (if available) the File History Windows feature. This way, you can restore an older version of the HTML file, before the corruption occurred.

If that doesn’t help, start over and don’t forget to backup your files timely to avoid data loss in the future. In case you’re aware of an alternative way to deal with the HTML corruption, do tell us in the comments section below.


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