How to Force Word to Close after it Crashes
When Word crashes, the Winword.exe file may still be running behind the scenes. I know.
If it is running, why won’t it open? There is no easy answer to this but here’s how you can get it re-started.
What you have to do is close this the Winword.exe before you re-open Word as otherwise system conflicts may arise, i.e. you may not be able to open Word, as the system sees that Winword.exe is currently running.
To close Winword.exe let’s use the Task Manager
1. Press CTRL+ALT+DEL. In the Windows Security dialog box, click Task Manager.
2. On the Processes tab, click any instance of Winword.exe, and then click End Process.
3. Close the Windows Task Manager, and then re-start Word.
One final tip here is that when you re-open Microsoft Word, make sure that the files you were looking for can be opened.
If you have difficulty with this, please take a look at this very detailed tutorial over on the Klariti site.