In short, Word crashes silently upon opening certain documents. The problem seems to be with documents that include Comments. I have tested by using WinWord to remove the comments from a file that crashed. After removing the comments, Word opens just fine.

Furthermore, when creating new comments in a fresh document, Word crashes.

I have tried all

  • reinstalled Word 14.3.8
  • deleting all caches (font and otherwise) using Onyx
  • Installing latest Java
  • disabling MS Error Reporting

all of which didn't help.

Any suggestions?


1 Answer 1


Changing preferred language to English (as explained here: https://apple.stackexchange.com/a/115387) worked for me!

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