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[Solved] How to "recover" my documents

PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2018 5:47 pm
by Thamior
Sometimes when I open up one of my saved documents all of the work I have done is replaced by #'s. This has happened to me a few times and I was wondering if there is a way to recover my documents if this happens. I had just done like 10 hours of work yesterday and i opened my document to find everything replaced by #'s.

Re: How to "recover" my documents

PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2018 6:49 pm
by Zizi64
Sometimes when I open up one of my saved documents all of the work I have done is replaced by #'s.


How and where you save your documents to?

- Do not work directly on a portable device.
- Do not store your important documents in foreign file formats. Use the native, International Standard ODF fileformats.
- Always create more than one backup of your files onto different places.

Re: How to "recover" my documents

PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2018 6:52 pm
by Thamior
I save my documents to my computer (When I am on the document I press CTRL+S, then go to this PC, Documents and into a file).

Re: How to "recover" my documents

PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2018 7:23 pm
by Zizi64
Your signature is:
OpenOffice 3.1 on ACER

Which AOO/LO version are you using now really?

Re: How to "recover" my documents

PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2018 8:15 pm
by RoryOF
Thamior wrote:I save my documents to my computer (When I am on the document I press CTRL+S, then go to this PC, Documents and into a file).


Ctrl S Saves the document, but it is best that you either close the document (/File /Close) or exit OpenOffice, (/File /Exit) which will prompt you to close the document; a document is held open until one of these commands is executed. If the computer is powered off too quickly, or allowed sleep with a file open, that file will be destroyed as the system gets confused with what to do with it.

Re: How to "recover" my documents

PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2018 10:32 pm
by Thamior
OpenOffice 4.1.1.
I didn't check because I needed to get the question out as quick as possible so I could get help.

Re: How to "recover" my documents

PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2018 12:01 am
by MrProgrammer
Hi, and welcome to the forum.

Thamior wrote:I was wondering if there is a way to recover my documents if this happens.
Did you enable option Load/Save → Always create backup copy? If so, there is a copy of your document as it was the last time you opened it in the directory named in option OpenOffice → Paths → Backups. Options are set with OpenOffice → Preferences on a Mac, Tools → Options on other platforms. Using your operating system, copy the backup document to a safe place. Make a copy of that, then change the file extension .bak to the appropriate one (.odt, .ods, etc.). Open the renamed file.

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Re: How to "recover" my documents

PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2018 6:13 am
by UnklDonald418
A Calc spreadsheet column will display #'s when the column width is too narrow to display a numeric value. In that case just make the column wider.