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All words were substituted with '#'

Postby RikCappa » Tue May 30, 2017 3:24 pm

I saved and closed my Open Office Writer document (Windows 10, version 4.1.2). When I opened it again (After a restart) all characters were substituted by the '#' character. Before I open the document open office asks me to adjust the ASCII filter options but with every combination of options I choose the outcome is still a bunch of '#' characters. Is there a way to recover the file? Thank you
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Re: All words were substituted with '#'

Postby RoryOF » Tue May 30, 2017 3:25 pm

Your file is damaged and I doubt anything useable can be recovered from it. Your best hope of recovery is to try and undelete any temporary file OpenOffice was using. As soon as possible do the following:

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). Do this as a first priority; other use of the computer may overwrite any existing but deleted files and prevent their recovery. There is no guarantee that you will recover anything useful.

Do this soonest - continued use of the computer runs risk of overwriting the deleted file(s).
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Re: All words were substituted with '#'

Postby RikCappa » Tue May 30, 2017 3:43 pm

I did it but no luck. Thank you anyway. How should I modify the title? With [Solved]? Have a good day
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Re: All words were substituted with '#'

Postby John_Ha » Tue May 30, 2017 3:46 pm

### means there is nothing - actually all null characters - in your file.

See [Tutorial] How to find and un-delete Writer temporary files for instructions on how to identify and un-delete the temporary files Writer wrote while you were editing the file, and then deleted. You should be able to recover your file as it was when you last opened it or as it was when it was last saved with AutoRecovery.

You may also find previous versions of the file in the folder it is located in, but which have since been deleted.
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