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Text on document turned into all #####

Postby BAOchsner » Mon Mar 18, 2013 9:30 pm

I did a warm re-boot of my PC, and when I retrieved my OpenOffice document, all it showed was pounds signs (#####).

Any idea on how to fix this problem? Thanks in advance.
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Re: Text on document turned into all #####

Postby acknak » Mon Mar 18, 2013 9:43 pm

Welcome to the community forum, although it's a rough way to start: the #s are an almost sure sign that the document is damaged. If all you see is #s then there's probably no usable data to recover.

See this thread for more: viewtopic.php?f=6&t=17677
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Re: Text on document turned into all #####

Postby Hagar Delest » Mon Mar 18, 2013 10:02 pm

Any power shortage for example? It's a common root cause of such problem.

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, I hope you had a backup (or a copy in a mailbox)...

NB: it seems that there are less reports about this with AOO 3.4.1.
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