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Writer bug? Closing one document closes everything else

PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2019 6:04 pm
by fristi63
Using Mint 18.3 Cinnamon on a Lenovo Thinkpad T470.

I have a big gripe with LibreOffice lately. It seems to crash frequently lately, and not long after that started happening, closing one document now forces all other documents and LibreOffice Writer to close altogether. Reopening Writer, I get asked to Recover the documents that were all closed together, but it's a really annoying bug that I don't know how to fix. I already removed my User Profile, but it's continuing to happen.

I did recently install a Mendeley plugin, but as far as I can tell, this behaviour was already happening before then. Never seen this happening in Calc (which is the only other LO program I frequently use). Does anyone have any clues on how to remedy this? Much obliged!

Re: Writer bug? Closing one document closes everything else

PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2019 6:25 pm
by RoryOF
I have just checked using OO. I can close any one of a number of open documents (using /File /Close) without closing any of the others.

Re: Writer bug? Closing one document closes everything else

PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2019 6:38 pm
by fristi63
Thanks Rory. It started happening recently here. No idea what caused the bug to appear. For what it's worth, I'm using LibreOffice instead of OpenOffice.

For some documents, when I Save them first and then Close them, they don't cause the others to close too. For others, this makes no difference. I can also see no relation to the file format (whether it's a docx or odt file). :crazy:

Re: Writer bug? Closing one document closes everything else

PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2019 7:04 pm
by John_Ha
See [Tutorial] Differences between Writer and MS Word files for why you should always work in and save files as .odt.

Re: Writer bug? Closing one document closes everything else

PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2019 9:20 pm
by fristi63
John_Ha wrote:See [Tutorial] Differences between Writer and MS Word files for why you should always work in and save files as .odt.


Thanks John. Will look into that. However, that can be quite complicated when sharing documents with people who don't use Writer...

Re: Writer bug? Closing one document closes everything else

PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2019 9:24 pm
by RoryOF
If one must share documents for editing, then it is best if all use the same applications. If the documents are shared only for reading, send them as PDF files.

Re: Writer bug? Closing one document closes everything else

PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2019 9:32 pm
by fristi63
RoryOF wrote:If one must share documents for editing, then it is best if all use the same applications. If the documents are shared only for reading, send them as PDF files.

In an ideal world... couldn't agree more. However, the reality is that I need to edit files made by lots of different people that either use Windows, others use Mac, and yet others use Linux. Can't really help (or, in fact) change that. In my situation, the solution would be for me to shift to using Microsoft programs, which is not really an option.

We're slowly moving away from my initial problem, though. Which is: Writer freaking out. Could it be caused by trying to edit /.docx files? And if so, would it help to first convert to .odt, then edit, then save as .docx and send them onwards?

Re: Writer bug? Closing one document closes everything else

PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2019 9:34 pm
by RoryOF
Modern MS Word will open and save .odt, apart from some omissions by Microsoft in their implementation.