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Cannot open saved .odt Writer file

PostPosted: Tue Jan 19, 2010 5:49 pm
by sacred
Specs : Windows 7
Open Office : 3.1

I created an Open Office word document 2 days ago, then saved it wth a password. Next day my laptop went to the workshop due to my accidental disabling the configuration network something, something (configuring issue). Anyway, Eventually today everything was fixed and restored back to normal...but I can no longer open my Open Office word document 2 nor Windows office 2007 (albeit a trial version..but my laptop is NEW and only 11 days old. So it is still valid but anyway why IT said it cannot open coz i'm not connected to the internet when I am? Anyway back to Open Office.... ). It prompted with a certain ASCII FIlter Options:
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So I just pressed OK ...and voila :shock: this is what I get . All 'yyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy...'
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This word document contains words, graphics (picts) and WordArt...I remember I saved it as .odt . Now even some of my Microsoft Word document end up same thing. All 'yyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy...' :crazy:

Please help asap. I need to get things done with this document. Thank you so much.

Edited to remove All Caps (TheGurkha, Moderator).

Re: Cannot open saved .odt Writer file.

PostPosted: Tue Jan 19, 2010 11:06 pm
by Hagar Delest
sacred wrote:Now even some of my Microsoft Word document end up same thing.

Then try to reset your OOo user profile but don't transfer your personal data during the welcome process (if you had 2.x before), configuration files from the former version might corrupt the new profile.

NB: I've embedded your pics in the forum and cropped them.

Thanks to add '[Solved]' at beginning of your first post title (edit button) if your issue has been fixed.

Re: Cannot open saved .odt Writer file.

PostPosted: Wed Jan 20, 2010 4:39 am
by sacred
Not fixed.

For Windows users:

* Before Vista: \Documents and Settings\<user name>\Application Data\OpenOffice.org\3\user\
* From Vista: \Users\<user name>\AppData\Roaming\OpenOffice.org\3\user


I tried the From Vista, but don't have the ' <user name>\AppData\Roaming\OpenOffice.org\3\user ' . Mine is Windows 7 Home basic.

Re: Cannot open saved .odt Writer file.

PostPosted: Wed Jan 20, 2010 10:46 pm
by Hagar Delest
Then make your file browser show the hidden files and folders and search for the "OpenOffice.org" folder.

Re: Cannot open saved .odt Writer file.

PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 2012 12:13 am
by aidancas
hey sacred, the same thing has happened to me today and i have lost a lot of work files, did u ever find a solution to this ?

Re: Cannot open saved .odt Writer file.

PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 2012 12:35 am
by Hagar Delest
Sadly, nothing to do: 22 page term paper replaced with pound signs.
But for several files at once, that's rather strange. Were all the files opened at the same time? Any special event (power failure, ...)?

Check the temporary folder of the system (see in OOo Tools>Options>OOo>Paths). If there are folders like sgmlf.tmp with a file having the same name inside, make a copy of that file, rename it in .odt and cross your fingers.

Else, nothing to do I fear.