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# signs and no text

Postby paxtontanya » Wed Mar 02, 2016 10:19 pm

Can anyone please help? I tried to open my uni essay and got 10 pages of # signs and no text. stressed to say the least. I have tried finding a previous version to restore but there is noting in the C file under back ups. Is there anything I can do?
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Re: # signs and no text

Postby RoryOF » Wed Mar 02, 2016 11:02 pm

The chances are minute that you will recover anything from the existing file.

To try and recover your file, you should look in the backup and temporary directories pointed to by /Tools /Options /OpenOffice : Paths. Rename any files in those to type .odt (or whatever file type you were using) and see if they contain your data. Download Recuva or PhotoRec (only one needed) and let it do an indepth recovery of deleted files on your computer. You may get a file containing some or all of your data (or not). Pending running Recuva/PhotoRec make as little use of your computer as possible to avoid overwriting any deleted file.
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Re: # signs and no text

Postby Bill » Wed Mar 02, 2016 11:13 pm

What operating system are you using? There may be different options depending on your operating system.
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Re: # signs and no text

Postby paxtontanya » Wed Mar 02, 2016 11:18 pm

windows 10
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Re: # signs and no text

Postby Bill » Wed Mar 02, 2016 11:24 pm

In Windows 10, you could recover a previous version if you have set up File History to backup files.
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Re: # signs and no text

Postby John_Ha » Mon Mar 07, 2016 10:45 am

See Using Recuva to un-delete Writer temporary files for help recovering the temporary files which Writer wrote while you were editing the file, and then deleted when Writer was closed.
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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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