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OpenOffice deletes all text

Postby uma » Sat Sep 16, 2017 9:51 pm

On two occasions when I entered text in open office writer, the text has been deleted when I pressed the enter key. The first time I had written seven pages of text and pressed the enter key several times on these pages. Suddenly I only had a blank page on the screen, observe 1 (one) page, not seven. I had saved what I wrote regularly so I closed the program without saving the blank page and opening the document again, but what came up was the blank page. The second time this happened, I checked the "save" icon before i closed the program and it showed that the program just saved.

Two things therefore crash:
1. The program deletes all text when I press the enter key (but not always so).
2. The program saves itself the deleted text.

Anyone who has a clue?
I'm sitting at a Packard Bell computer with Windows 10 and writing on open office 4.1.1 in the program writer.
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Re: open office deletes all text

Postby RoryOF » Sat Sep 16, 2017 10:02 pm

If you press Ctrl A by miss-keying a Shift a, that selects all text, and then that selected text is replaced by the next character you press. If you are aware that your text has gone missing, repeated Ctrl Z should bring it back.

What do you mean by "checked the Save icon"? If you mean you pressed that, that tells OpenOffice to Save the current file.
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Re: OpenOffice deletes all text

Postby uma » Sun Sep 17, 2017 1:47 am

I mean that when I looked at the icon, it was pale blue just like when you just saved..
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Re: OpenOffice deletes all text

Postby MrProgrammer » Sun Sep 17, 2017 2:57 am

Hi, and welcome to the forum.

uma wrote:On two occasions when I entered text in open office writer, the text has been deleted when I pressed the enter key.
Anytime something unexpected happens in OpenOffice, immediately use Edit → Undo. That reverses whatever happened. Then you have the opportunity to save the document, review the situation, and try again. Hopefully you can learn why OpenOffice took the action that it did so that your expectations in the future wil be accurate.

If this solved your problem please go to your first post use the Edit button and add [Solved] to the start of the title. You can select the green checkmark icon at the same time.
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Re: OpenOffice deletes all text

Postby John_Ha » Sun Sep 17, 2017 11:05 am

I do hate this computer
I really ought to sell it.
It never does what I want
but only what I tell it.
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Re: OpenOffice deletes all text

Postby Lupp » Sun Sep 24, 2017 12:58 pm

In LibreOffice I could assign the action 'View' > '100%' (willingly chosen by me, not available in AOO) to the shortcut Ctrl+A. I chose Ctrl+Shift+<space> instead for the purpose of selecting all. Much less danger of errors now, even if I look at a hand-written draft or something else instead of at the screen. The action for Alt+E, then A is unchanged. No danger again.
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