How to unlock odt files

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How to unlock odt files

Postby thailen » Wed Oct 26, 2011 11:30 am

How to I unlock them?

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Re: odt files

Postby RoryOF » Wed Oct 26, 2011 11:48 am

OpenOffice should open them automatically. if they are password protected and you don't have the password, forget it. If OpenOffice prompts you for ASCII filter selection almost certainly your file is corrupt and needs to be redownloaded.
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Re: How to unlock odt files

Postby Villeroy » Wed Oct 26, 2011 3:21 pm

And if they are "locked" on file system level you have to unlock them like any other locked file on file system level.
And if it is online content you've got to download the file (no, not just clicking).
And if it is a mail attachment you've got to detach the file (no, not just clicking).
Please, edit this topic's initial post and add "[Solved]" to the subject line if your problem has been solved.
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Re: How to unlock odt files

Postby thailen » Wed Oct 26, 2011 3:31 pm

I created the original OpenOffice document and when I went to retrieve it, it was locked...
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Re: How to unlock odt files

Postby RoryOF » Wed Oct 26, 2011 3:42 pm

In what way locked? Locked for editing (shown as read-only in title bar)? Locked as unable to open it? Or opening and ##### shown?
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Re: How to unlock odt files

Postby thailen » Wed Oct 26, 2011 4:23 pm

It'
s in my documents folder. File name: .~lock.Manila Hotels.odt#
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Re: How to unlock odt files

Postby Villeroy » Wed Oct 26, 2011 4:32 pm

".~lock.Manila Hotels.odt#" is not your document. This lock file is created while you edit "Manila Hotels.odt". It prevents other programs to edit the same file at the same time.
Please be more clear in your problem description next time.
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Re: How to unlock odt files

Postby RoryOF » Wed Oct 26, 2011 4:33 pm

thailen wrote:It'
s in my documents folder. File name: .~lock.Manila Hotels.odt#


This is a "lock" file; it is housekeeping to prevent a second instance of OpenOffice trying to edit the file. If OpenOffice is closed, this file should be erased automatically. If it is not, then your OpenOffice terminated abnormally (crashed). This, and all other lock files, can safely be deleted when OpenOffice is closed. However, to ensure that you do not delete the main files, check that these lock files have a size of about 80 bytes before you delete them. Then look for your file, which is called Manila Hotels.odt, and open it.
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