How to Fix a Corrupt Quark File

Updated March 23, 2017

You're on deadline with a design project. You have worked all week inserting graphics, photos, and text into the page. The fabulous final draft of the file has been saved for preparation to export it as a Portable Document Formatted file (PDF). Reopening the file, however, you discover that you cannot make final changes or the file won't save or allow further editing. What do you do? Don't panic, there is a way to recover the corrupted file text, graphics and photos.

Restart your computer. Restart your QuarkXPress software application.

Create a new blank Quark page by going to the menu bar header titled "File". Pull down and choose "New". This will open up a new document for you to use.

Open the corrupted document file.

Re-size both pages so that the corrupted file page is positioned to left of screen. Position the new document to right of corrupted file page.

Recreate on the new page to the right, the page margins, columns, and other document preferences using the exact specifications contained in the original document, you have positioned to the left.

Copy the text from the corrupted file. Paste into new file. Save your changes to the new document and retitle the page with a different name from the original document that is corrupted.

Copy original graphics you used in the corrupted file. Paste them the new file in the same position you wanted originally. Save your changes.

Copy original photos utilised in corrupted file. Paste into the new file in the same position you wanted originally. Save your changes.

Quit QuarkXPress application. A fresh uncorrupted file has been created.

Restart QuarkXPress application. Open new file and make final changes.


If your original document had more that one page, simply add more pages that correspond to the number you originally designed. You will have to "copy and paste" text, graphics, and photos from those original pages into the new document that contains multiple pages.


You may have to replace the graphics and/or photos utilised in the original corrupted file document with a freshly re-edited version.

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About the Author

Dan Boone has been writing since 1999. His work has appeared on and he wrote for the "Virgin Voice" magazine and its website, Virgin Voices. Boone has a Bachelor of Arts in composition and arranging from Berklee College of Music in Boston. He also holds a certificate in digital-sound engineering from the Trebas Institute in Montreal.