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Corrupt file full of #####

Postby alexmcdowall » Thu Jan 08, 2015 7:28 pm

Been working on a 16 page document and when ive re opened it its full of #####

help! project is due in in morning
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Re: Corrupt file full of #####

Postby Hagar Delest » Thu Jan 08, 2015 11:43 pm

Hi and welcome to the forum!

Sadly, quite nothing to do I fear, see: 22 pages term paper replaced with pound signs.
What Operating System BTW?

Check the temporary folder of the system (see in OO Tools>Options>OO>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. If you have not rebooted, you might have those files still there.

It often happens when there is a power cut or a crash when saving.
If you want to help fix this problem, you can also do this survey created for this very problem: Document Recovery Survey.
LibreOffice 7.0.3 on Xubuntu 20.10 and LibreOffice 6.4.6 (portable) on Windows 10.
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Re: Corrupt file full of #####

Postby John_Ha » Fri Jan 09, 2015 11:06 am

You may be able to recover some of the temporary files Writer created while you were editing the file, and then deleted. See Re: Suddenly only get ####.... can anyone help me? and Re: User error. Contents of Writer file deleted.

The thread of which this is just one post may also be useful. Re: [Hint] How did I fix my ODT file
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See the Writer Guide, the Writer FAQ, the Writer Tutorials and Writer for students.

Remember: Always save your Writer files as .odt files. - see here for the many reasons why.
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