Help, Saved Presentation & it's all #'s

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Help, Saved Presentation & it's all #'s

Postby Azza » Tue Apr 23, 2013 11:47 pm

So I am new to OpenOffice and Love it! I was creating a presentation for my class,
I saved everything as one would normally, and when I go to open it....
It asks me what language I want, and couple other questions...that dont make much sense
to me, currently. And then as I open it...its about 7 pages of #'s no spaces...
#############
#############

the whole doc.....
I really need this, I put a lot of work into it &
I dont want to re write it

Does anyone know if I can recover it?
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Re: Help, Saved Presentation & it's all #'s

Postby acknak » Wed Apr 24, 2013 12:03 am

Sorry, when that happens it means the document file is damaged. Unless you have a backup copy, or there may be a leftover temporary copy, I'm afraid there's nothing to do but start over.

Try Tools > Options > OOo > Paths. One of the entries there tells where temp files are kept--look in that location and see of there are any files left there.
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Re: Help, Saved Presentation & it's all #'s

Postby Azza » Wed Apr 24, 2013 12:15 am

awe bummer, thank you
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Re: Help, Saved Presentation & it's all #'s

Postby RoryOF » Wed Apr 24, 2013 12:16 am

This can happen when, having finished an editing session, the user shuts down the computer too quickly (say by snapping the lid shut if a laptop) withour leaving time for the system and hardware disk buffers to flush.

I always advise users to close the file using /File /Close in OpenOffice, honouring any prompt to save an unsaved file, then to exit OpenOffice (/File /Exit), and power down the computer using the system shutdown option. Don't begrudge the few seconds this takes - it is much, much less than a rewrite.
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Re: Help, Saved Presentation & it's all #'s

Postby Hagar Delest » Wed Apr 24, 2013 8:22 am

Hi and welcome to the forum!

Sadly, quite nothing to do, see: 22 pages term paper replaced with pound signs.
Any power shortage for example? It's a common root cause of such problem.

Check the temporary folder of the system (see in OOo Tools>Options>OOo>Paths). If there are folders like sgmlf.tmp with a file having the same name inside, make a copy of that file, rename it in .odp and cross your fingers.
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