talewins wrote:It's happened again several times. It takes hours to find the right file because there is no .xcu anywhere. Since it makes the computer virtually useless as well I will have to quit using Open Office and stop advising my clients to use it. What a shame.
Did you follow the suggestions?
Also, I see you're a Vista user. What a headache Vista is!!! Causes all kinds of problems.
It's possible you're not seeing any .xcu files because OOo might have been installed for all users, but you're searching from your user account. Vista by default prevents users, even those with admin rights, from doing many types of things. It could be actively hiding this file type from you. Do you have UAC turned on? If so, disable it and see if that improves your results. For more details, search the Internet for "Vista UAC problems".
I see no reason for you to advise your clients to stop using it. Many, many, many people are using it with no problems. I'm using it on two different operating systems with no problems, one of which is Vista, with no problems. I'm afraid you will be doing your users a disservice. Let's concentrate on fixing your problem.