[Solved] Please Help! My entire file is only #######

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[Solved] Please Help! My entire file is only #######

Postby jez1982 » Tue Nov 12, 2013 7:17 pm

Please, please somebody help me! I opened a very important (and long!) file today, and first a box came up asking me about the ASCII settings. I just pressed 'ok' (the default ones looked fine to me) but when I opened the file, everything was gone, replaced by row after row of ########, page after page. Can I somehow get the file back (It's 100 pages long). I'm desperate!!!
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Re: Please Help! My entire file is only #######

Postby Bill » Tue Nov 12, 2013 7:35 pm

Right click the file and select Properties. If there is a Previous Versions tab, click it to try and recover a previous version of the file. If there is no Previous Versions tab, try Shadow Explorer .
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Re: Please Help! My entire file is only #######

Postby thomasjk » Tue Nov 12, 2013 9:59 pm

The file is corrupt and not recoverable. If Bills suggestions don't work, I hope yopu have a backup copy somewhere. See https://forum.openoffice.org/en/forum/v ... =6&t=17677
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Re: Please Help! My entire file is only #######

Postby Hagar Delest » Tue Nov 12, 2013 10:09 pm

Check the temporary folder of the system (see in OOo Tools>Options>OOo>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.

NB: it seems that there are less such issues with AOO 4.
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Re: Please Help! My entire file is only #######

Postby jez1982 » Thu Nov 14, 2013 5:36 pm

HI Bill, Thomas and Hagar. Thanks so much for trying to help me! It seems it's gone and I can't get it back. I have most of it backed up, but for the rest of it, I guess I'll just have to retype! SIGH! Yes, I must learn to back up, back up, back up!
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