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Saved as MS Office 97 Word Doc; now it's all pound signs

Postby tedantal » Wed May 12, 2010 4:05 pm

I copied and pasted a page of text and saved it as a MS Office 97 Word doc. I was able to open and read it until today. Now it is all "pound signs" (############). Other saved docs are opening fine ... so are odt's, txt's, ods's etc... It's just a Chicken Parmesan recipe :), so no big deal but I'm just wondering what may have happened and if it is recoverable.

OS: Windows 7
Open Office Ver: 3.2
Date Saved: December, 2008

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Re: Saved as MS Office 97 Word Doc; now it's all pound signs

Postby Hagar Delest » Wed May 12, 2010 4:34 pm

Hi and welcome to the forum!

See that thread: 22 pages term paper replaced with pound signs.

I fear there is no fix.
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Re: Saved as MS Office 97 Word Doc; now it's all pound signs

Postby RoryOF » Wed May 12, 2010 5:11 pm

I'm afraid the chicken has flown the coop!
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Re: Saved as MS Office 97 Word Doc; now it's all pound signs

Postby floris v » Wed May 12, 2010 6:09 pm

Not recoverable I fear, but a good reason to save your files in OOO's own format and save copies in Word's format only when needed.
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