Recover Old Version of OpenOffice.org text (.odt) ?

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Recover Old Version of OpenOffice.org text (.odt) ?

Postby willdelphia » Thu Jan 14, 2010 9:03 pm

I am using ubuntu

help! :( I had an open office document text and accidentally over-wrote it with a completely different file! i am not sure how it happened but it seems like I "saved link as" from a browser and accidentally double clicked on the existing file - and it now contains the text I was downloading.

does ubuntu save old versions of documents? does open office have a revert function?

i really need the document that was lost and it seems like this problem is way too easy to make for there not to be safeguard, I hope I am right

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Re: recover old version of open office text (.odt) ?

Postby squenson » Thu Jan 14, 2010 9:47 pm

Welcome to this forum willdelphia!

Try searching for files *.bak. If one has the same name as your file, make a copy of it, then make a second copy and change its extension to .odt.
Under Ubuntu, the default backup path is home/yourname/.openoffice.org/3/user/backup
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Re: recover old version of open office text (.odt) ?

Postby TheGurkha » Thu Jan 14, 2010 10:16 pm

willdelphia wrote:I really need the document that was lost and it seems like this problem is way too easy to make for there not to be safeguard, I hope I am right.


The safeguard is you making backups. Save often when working on a document, ideally using different names (append _001, _002, etc) and saving in different folders.
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Re: Recover Old Version of OpenOffice.org text (.odt) ?

Postby willdelphia » Thu Jan 14, 2010 10:27 pm

so I checked in that backup folder and it was empty (looked for hidden files)
and there were very view .bak files in any of my patricians and none of them were it

any other strategies?
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Re: Recover Old Version of OpenOffice.org text (.odt) ?

Postby TheGurkha » Fri Jan 15, 2010 12:20 am

I'm afraid not. For the future, make sure Tools > options > Load/Save > General > Always create backup copy is checked (selected). But don't rely on that solely - make your own backups too, as described above.
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