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PostPosted: Sat Feb 22, 2014 10:23 pm
by scribneoir
I have a Vizio, Windows 7. I was working on a document, a music dictionary, no symbols, straight up text. I hit the back arrow and it turned the entire document into pound signs. No clue how to restore it. Anyone know what to do? Thanks.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 22, 2014 11:28 pm
by acknak
Welcome to the community forum--sorry you're having trouble.

So it sounds like you pressed a key and your document instantly changed into ### ...

Is that what happened? Or maybe you found the #s the next time you opened it?

Unfortunately, when a document opens to show nothing but #s it's damaged and nothing can be recovered from it.

You can check in the OO temporary files location; sometimes there is a leftover copy of the last document there.

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 23, 2014 12:08 am
by scribneoir
Thanks for getting back to me so quickly. I will give it a try. I forgot to include in the post that when I click on the file there is a pop up ASCII Filter Options. Is that helpful? Catherine

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 23, 2014 12:19 am
by Hagar Delest
Sadly, quite nothing to do I fear, see: 22 pages term paper replaced with pound signs.

Check the temporary folder of the system (see in OO Tools>Options>OO>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 .odt and cross your fingers. If you have not rebooted, you might have those files still there.

If you want to help fix this problem, you can also do this survey created for this very problem: Document Recovery Survey.