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ASCII Filter Options

Postby johndupuis » Wed Oct 18, 2017 9:11 pm

From this question you will be able to tell I am not at all skilled in this area. I just started using OfficeWriter and every time I start up the program I get the "ASCII Filter Options" dialog box. I just click OK and them I can open or create a document. My dumb question: Is there a way to prevent the dialog box from starting up? It isn't a big problem but rather just a small aggravation that I would like to eliminate. Thanks for the help.
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Re: ASCII Filter Options

Postby RoryOF » Wed Oct 18, 2017 9:12 pm

Does the file open correctly when it opens? What file format are you using (three letter extension to filename)?
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Re: ASCII Filter Options

Postby johndupuis » Wed Oct 18, 2017 9:20 pm

Yes, it opens correctly. format is .txt. Usually a document I created earlier using Notepad.
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Re: ASCII Filter Options

Postby RoryOF » Wed Oct 18, 2017 9:28 pm

Then you get the ASCII filter options query. Best to Save As and work in OO's native format .odt; on the /File /Save as window choose ODF Text Document (.odt) from the file type dropdown. Make sure "Automatic file name extension" is checked.
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Re: ASCII Filter Options

Postby johndupuis » Wed Oct 18, 2017 9:55 pm

Thanks, I appreciate the help. ODF docs open with no problem. Will have to modify txt documents each time I open them. Sooner or later I will have them all converted to ODF.
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Re: ASCII Filter Options

Postby John_Ha » Sat Oct 21, 2017 7:48 pm

johndupuis wrote: every time I start up the program I get the "ASCII Filter Options" dialog box.

You only get this box when you open a flat, ASCII file, like a .TXT file created by Notepad.

You do not get this box when you open a correctly formatted .odt, .doc, .docx etc file. If you do get it when opening a .odt, .doc. .docx etc file, then the file is corrupted beyond repair and there is almost certainly no recoverable content in it.
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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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