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[Solved] All of my Microsoft files have been reformatted!

Postby Maxami » Tue May 04, 2010 9:32 pm

I recently bought a laptop with OpenOffice pre-installed. When I plugged my memory stick into it, it automatically converted all of my Microsoft Office files into Open Office format. I can't seem to figure out how to convert them all back. Is this normal ops for this software? How to I recover my files? I do not choose to use Open Office till I have learned much more about it.

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Re: All of my Microsoft files have been reformatted!!!

Postby RPG » Tue May 04, 2010 9:45 pm

Hello

I think it is not normal. It happens only when you start a wizard. When you started the wizard it convert MSO files to OOo files. But there is made a new one and the old one is not changed. It happens in that way for me some years ago when I use that tool.

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Re: All of my Microsoft files have been reformatted!!!

Postby Hagar Delest » Tue May 04, 2010 10:07 pm

Maxami wrote:When I plugged my memory stick into it, it automatically converted all of my Microsoft Office files into Open Office format.

What do you mean exactly? Have your .doc files been replaced by .odt files? Or is it a formatting problem after having saved the files with OOo?
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Re: All of my Microsoft files have been reformatted!

Postby TheGurkha » Tue May 04, 2010 11:14 pm

I suspect that what has happened is just the OS is showing the icons for those files as OOo icons, because on that machine OOo is the default program associated with those file types.

Put your memory stick in a PC with only MS Office on it and I would expect you to see the old MS office icons. Nothing has been 'converted'.
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Re: All of my Microsoft files have been reformatted!!!

Postby RoryOF » Tue May 04, 2010 11:21 pm

It is possible that the files have not in fact been reformatted, simply displayed with new formatting due to being opened with Openoffice. Unless they have been saved afresh, the underlying file is still the same. Such apparent reformatting occurs for two reasons: firstly because on a new computer almost certainly there will not be the exact fonts available used in the original files; OOo tries to do its best, but different fonts have different parameters for character spacing and interline spacing, so the text appears to change position. This usually shows up as lines wrapping differently, and a different number of lines per page, so a different page count in the document. These changes are not transferred back into the original file, unless you save the file from openOffice.

Secondly, because OOo is not Word, some structures, particularly tables, but there are others, are misinterpreted between the one word processor and the other. Again, unless you save the file from OOo these changes are display changes only.

So most probably there is no need to panic, as the original files may well be unchanged and will show up unchanged on a Word installation similar to that on which they were generated.
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Re: All of my Microsoft files have been reformatted!

Postby Bill » Tue May 04, 2010 11:33 pm

TheGurkha wrote:I suspect that what has happened is just the OS is showing the icons for those files as OOo icons, because on that machine OOo is the default program associated with those file types.

Put your memory stick in a PC with only MS Office on it and I would expect you to see the old MS office icons. Nothing has been 'converted'.

I agree. A file format can have different "file types". Changing the default program used to open the file format can change the "file type" and will change the icon to match the default program, but the file format itself isn't changed.
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Re: All of my Microsoft files have been reformatted!

Postby Hagar Delest » Wed May 05, 2010 8:03 am

Ah, indeed, had forgotten about that! You should also make the Explorer show the file extension, this is a security hint also, see How to NOT hide extensions in Windows.

Thanks to add '[Solved]' at beginning of your first post title (edit button) if your issue has been fixed.
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Re: All of my Microsoft files have been reformatted!

Postby Maxami » Thu May 06, 2010 5:38 pm

I will give it try. Thank you, all.

If it solves the prob, I will post so.
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Re: All of my Microsoft files have been reformatted!

Postby Maxami » Mon May 10, 2010 4:48 pm

Ok, so the only way I could recover my docs was to remove Open Office from my computer. Not sure why it was so stubborn about being in charge of all my docs, but removing it was the only solution that worked. I then had to do a Microsoft Office repair, to fix Word and Excel, after removing Open Office. They must have been sharing some bits and bytes. Thanks for the assistance.

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Re: All of my Microsoft files have been reformatted! [solved

Postby evwool » Mon May 10, 2010 9:24 pm

That's odd. I run both MS Office 2000 and Open Office 3.1.1 on my MS XP PC and OO has behaved impeccably, never snatching files which are in another format. However, MS Office was already on my PC when I installed Office - don't know if that makes a difference, or if OO 3.2 is more forceful.
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I wonder if what is actually happening is that Max has only Open Office on his laptop so that he edits his files in Open Office and then takes them to another PC which only has MS Word on it (eg at college)
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