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Opened document all in numbers/symbols instead of English.

Postby gamare2 » Wed Jul 24, 2019 5:43 pm

All saved documents are unreadable. Just a mix of numbers/symbols/letters. Even newest doc just written yesterday - can't open in readable form. Says Western European Apple Mac, but not readable.
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Re: Opened document all in numbers/symbols instead of Englis

Postby John_Ha » Wed Jul 24, 2019 7:17 pm

Please upload a small file showing the problem so that it can be analysed. Use the Upload attachment tab below where you type (128 kB max); or use a file share site, Dropbox or Google Drive for a larger file.
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Re: Opened document all in numbers/symbols instead of Englis

Postby RoryOF » Wed Jul 24, 2019 7:21 pm

I haven't time to look this up, but I have a memory that one MAC O.S upgrade did that to OpenOffice files; I cannot remember the cure, but I am certain there was one.
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Re: Opened document all in numbers/symbols instead of Englis

Postby John_Ha » Wed Jul 24, 2019 7:51 pm

1. Start AOO
2. File > Open ..., and navigate to a file.
3. Open the file.

Does it open OK?
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Re: Opened document all in numbers/symbols instead of Englis

Postby gamare2 » Wed Jul 24, 2019 8:33 pm

John_Ha wrote:Please upload a small file showing the problem so that it can be analysed. Use the Upload attachment tab below where you type (128 kB max); or use a file share site, Dropbox or Google Drive for a larger file.
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New Army .odt
(14.95 KiB) Downloaded 37 times
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Re: Opened document all in numbers/symbols instead of Englis

Postby RoryOF » Wed Jul 24, 2019 8:45 pm

That is actually a mislabelled PDF file; OpenOffice is not designed to open PDF files, which should be opened with a dedicated PDF reader. I'm not certain the entire content is present.
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Re: Opened document all in numbers/symbols instead of Englis

Postby thomasjk » Wed Jul 24, 2019 9:17 pm

I'll second Rory's comment. A mislabeled PDF file.
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Re: Opened document all in numbers/symbols instead of Englis

Postby John_Ha » Wed Jul 24, 2019 9:42 pm

The question becomes "How did the file New Army .pdf get renamed to New Army .odt?".
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Re: Opened document all in numbers/symbols instead of Englis

Postby gamare2 » Wed Jul 24, 2019 11:28 pm

RoryOF wrote:That is actually a mislabelled PDF file; OpenOffice is not designed to open PDF files, which should be opened with a dedicated PDF reader. I'm not certain the entire content is present.



Just opened file correctly using Finder and downloads. Thanks all for your help. gamare2
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Re: Opened document all in numbers/symbols instead of Englis

Postby RoryOF » Wed Jul 24, 2019 11:32 pm

When you are Saving a file in OpenOffice, using /File /Save As, make sure "automatic file name extension" is checked.
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