How to repair a MS Word document on OpenOffice

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Yesterday I was working on a very important Microsoft Word (2008) document, when it suddenly crashed. Upon trying to reopen the file MS said that the file was corrupted. I have tried all of the other methods of restoring it, such as opening it in a different program, or opening it and choosing “open and repair” in MS.

A friend suggested that I download OpenOffice in order to repair this file. Any suggestions on how I would go about doing that?? Simply trying to open the document via OpenOffice did not work. ahhhh this is going to drive me crazy!! Any advice or tips is greatly appreciated!!