[Solved] Why does OpenOffice make a copy of my files ?

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[Solved] Why does OpenOffice make a copy of my files ?

Postby AC2013 » Sat Sep 14, 2013 12:58 am

Each time I open a document, I notice that a file is made, not a copy of the file but just a blank white icon with " .~lock.odt " in the name. I've tried searching online for this and have found no answer. I've tried looking in the options and settings of Open Office and still have not resolved the issue. Please Help .
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Re: Why does Open office make a copy of my files ?

Postby RoryOF » Sat Sep 14, 2013 1:07 am

These are lock files, housekeeping to prevent two or more simultaneous writes to the file. Ignore them or turn off Viewing of hidden files so you don't see them.
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Re: Why does Open office make a copy of my files ?

Postby AC2013 » Sat Sep 14, 2013 7:31 am

Thanks for the advice. I'm a new user , could you please tell me how I would turn off viewing of hidden files ? I've been reading through my options menu but can't find any answers.
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Re: Why does Open office make a copy of my files ?

Postby RoryOF » Sat Sep 14, 2013 8:30 am

This is done at operating system level as it is an operating system function.
Try the sequence given here
http://pcsupport.about.com/od/windows7/ht/hide-hidden-files-windows-7.htm
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Re: Why does Open office make a copy of my files ?

Postby AC2013 » Sun Sep 15, 2013 4:55 pm

Thank You , very kindly. I presumed it was an issue with Open Office. When I was clicking on the links in the control panel, a few things became familiar to me, I remember the " hidden " folders option from when I was using Windows 2000 and Windows XP. I've ticked the " do not show hidden folders " box, and now everything is working as I wanted, again - thank you for the help.
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Re: Why does Open office make a copy of my files ?

Postby RoryOF » Sun Sep 15, 2013 4:59 pm

If OpenOffice terminates unexpectedly, or computer crashes while OO is open, you will need to turn this on again, as there will be a left-over lock file which will prevent the same file being edited next time. Many of the volunteers on the Forum will work with that tunred on, and also, within OO, /View /Nonprinting characters turned on.
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