Like any files, Mathematica notebooks can be corrupted, making them unreadable. In general, we recommend backing up important work on different media. In case notebooks become corrupted, Mathematica provides a tool to help restore them using the AuthorTools package. Restoring a notebook removes any corrupted sections of the notebook, allowing it to be opened and read by Mathematica. To repair a corrupted notebook in Mathematica:
- In a new notebook, load the AuthorTools package and open the NotebookRestore dialog by executing:
Please note that the tick mark after AuthorTools is a back tick character (`), not an apostrophe (‘). The back tick character is available underneath the tilde key on most keyboards.
- Select the notebook you want to restore in the NotebookRestore dialog. Mathematica will open a new notebook with what could be restored from the original one. We recommend saving the new notebook with a new name.