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Files open with ASCII filter

Postby poppy1 » Wed Jun 05, 2019 12:22 pm

some of my files when I open them just all x's on them. and gives me a box asc11 filter options....

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open office 4.1.6 on win 10
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Re: no ideal what happened... how do i fix it

Postby robleyd » Wed Jun 05, 2019 1:59 pm

Your file is damaged beyond recovery - please see [Tutorial] The Dreaded Pound Signs: file reduced to #### for some possible ways to recover some data.
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Re: Files open with ASCII filter

Postby RoryOF » Wed Jun 05, 2019 2:13 pm

Did Windows 10 upgrade while you had any of these files open? then they are damaged beyond repair. Other causes are over hasty powering off (or closing a laptop lid) before the hard disks have flushed their buffered data to the platters.

For possible recovery methods, consult the tutorial to which robleyd points in the previous post in this thread. Do that as soon as possible.
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Re: Files open with ASCII filter

Postby John_Ha » Wed Jun 05, 2019 2:17 pm

See [Tutorial] How to find and un-delete AOO temporary files for detailed instructions on how to

a) use Previous Versions (W7 and later) to recover previous versions of the file (is there something similar on MacOS and Linux?);

b) recover your file as it was when you last opened or saved it, or as it was when it was last saved with AutoRecovery;

c) find previous versions of the file in the folder it is located in, but which have since been deleted;

d) un-delete the temporary files AOO 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.
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