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6y, 11m agoPosted 6 years, 11 months ago
Hello all

I've had a bit of a disaster with open office: I've been writing notes, and have done about 12 pages. I saved the document throughout, but recently I tried saving it and it refused, and came up with an error box.

I was then forced to close it down and open it again, and it came up with the following (in pic below)

I would appreciate it if anyone knows how/if I can recover this file, as it contains hours of work :(
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6y, 11m agoPosted 6 years, 11 months ago

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click yes to repair?
I pressed 'yes' and it simply comes up with a blank document, pressing no just closes open office down
Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo :-(
What's the file size?

I had a similar problem where it just closed. 3 hours of work - wasted
What's the file size?


40 KB
I right clicked and clicked restore previous versions, and got one that at least has SOME of my work. Better than nothing!
Morale of the story: Don't use Open Office! Was previously using Microsoft Office (for the past 10 years) and have never had a problem like this!
try original notes name.BAK see if you can get it back that way if so rename with extn.doc (must be different name to the original )
[INDENT] Take a backup of your corrupt file. You ideally should have done this before repairing it.

1) Restore from backup, if one exists.

2) Do you have the latest version of installed? If not, download it, install it, and try to open the file again.

3) Insert the file. Open a blank file in OpenOffice. Go to the "Insert -> File" menu and insert your corrupted file. (For spreadsheet, Calc or ODS documents, instead use the "Insert -> Sheet from File" menu option.)

4) Find backups. If you've checked the "Always create backups" in the OpenOffice settings, keeps backups of all your files at this location: C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME\Application Data\\user\backupBrowse to that location and see if your file is there. It will have the same filename as your original, only with a .BAK extension. Copy it somewhere else and open it with OpenOffice.
[/INDENT] 5) Rename as a ZIP file. Change the extension of your document from whatever it is (like ODT, ODS, ODP, ODG, ODB, ODF) to a ZIP extension. Then open the file using Microsoft Windows or WinZip. If you're lucky, you'll see a bunch of files contained in this newly-created Zip file. One of them is called "content.xml". Open this file with any text editor, and you may find your document text. It will have a bunch of formatting statements you'll have to delete, but the actual text should be there too. Alternatively, you can try deleting the "styles.xml" document, rename the file back to an extension, and try opening the file as normal. Sometimes removing the styles.xml from the document does the trick.

6) Look in your Temp directory. In Windows, browse to this folder: C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME\Local Settings\Temp This will probably be a pretty messy place, and lots of the folders and files have meaningless names, but sort the results by the "Date Modified" column and look at the results. Look for files and folders that were last modified on the date and time you last had a working file. For each file (look in sub-folders too), perform the steps in option 4, above: Rename the file with a ZIP extension and try to open the resulting "content.xml".
next time dont use open office, get an office key off youtube :thumbsup:
I guess it must be fixed then!

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