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File won't open.

Postby barniclebob » Sat May 19, 2012 3:19 pm

Just started with office yet find it very difficult to navigate.Just want to update an existing brochure I have on file but all I get is gibberish on the page when opened.Have used Microsoft word with no problems before but find this version 3.1 very complex.Can someone send this dummy to an easy version of word????
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Re: [Solved] Can't add text to Base report

Postby RoryOF » Sat May 19, 2012 5:08 pm

If your brochure file opens in gibberish, it is in a format probably not intended to be edited. Word won't help you in that case.
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Re: File won't open.

Postby barniclebob » Sat May 19, 2012 5:12 pm

Great news!!!!!
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Re: File won't open.

Postby RoryOF » Sat May 19, 2012 5:19 pm

Tell us the file extension (three letters after .) and we'll tell you what might open it.
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Re: File won't open.

Postby barniclebob » Sun May 20, 2012 5:26 pm

Does (.odt) mean anything to you???
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Re: File won't open.

Postby RoryOF » Sun May 20, 2012 5:32 pm

Was this file made with OpenOffice?
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Re: File won't open.

Postby martye » Fri Jun 01, 2012 12:42 am

I'm having trouble opening a number of save documents. I get a box that has a heading "A-SCII FILTER OPTIONS" in the box is a choice of language, etc. When I click OK the document opens with jibberish. Suggestions???
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Re: File won't open.

Postby kingfisher » Fri Jun 01, 2012 8:22 am

Look for backups of your files. You may have automatic backup enabled in which case look for the backups folder shown in Tools > Options > OO > Paths. You are not alone.

It is very important that you backup your files (and don't rely on 'automatic' backups).
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Re: File won't open.

Postby 35jeep » Wed Nov 22, 2017 6:25 pm

I have same problem. When I attempt to open a file I get the ASCII FILTER OPTIONS window. The Character Set option is currently set at Western Europe (Apple Mackintosh), the font option is set at Times New Roman, the language is set at English (USA) AND PARAGRAPH BREAKS SET AT CR.
When I :roll: :roll: try to open the file (choose "OPEN") I get jibberish.
I have tried various Character Set Options, all produce jibberish.
i use OO version 4.1.0 on a Macbook Pro operating system OS High Sierra 10.13.1

In this condition OO is all but useless to me. any help would be appreciated.
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Re: File won't open.

Postby 35jeep » Wed Nov 22, 2017 6:28 pm

I have same problem but do not have get Options when I open Tools.
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Re: File won't open.

Postby robleyd » Thu Nov 23, 2017 1:06 am

Please see [Tutorial] The Dreaded Pound Signs: file reduced to ####
do not have get Options when I open Tools.

On Mac see under OpenOffice | Preferences
You may also find [Tutorial] Mac FAQ a useful reference.
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Re: File won't open.

Postby John_Ha » Thu Nov 23, 2017 1:21 pm

Your only hope is to see [Tutorial] How to find and un-delete Writer temporary files for

a) detailed instructions on how to recover your file as it was when you last opened or saved it, or as it was when it was last saved with AutoRecovery.

b) how to find previous versions of the file in the folder it is located in, but which have since been deleted.

c) how to un-delete the temporary files Writer wrote while you were editing the file, and then deleted. This will recover your file as it was when you last opened or you last saved it and is probably your best hope.
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See the Writer Manual, the Writer FAQ, the Writer Tutorials and the up to date Writer guide for information. Click the Help button on a pop-up window for extensive help on that function.
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