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    Openoffice restore emergency

    My computer lost power and shut down. I had just saved the .odt document I was working on in Openoffice and thought I was safe, but when opening my document again, I got a restore dialog. I clicked OK, and now my 1/2 page document is 12 pages of # and other jibberish.

    Is there any way to get my document back?
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    Re: Openoffice restore emergency

    Hopefully you haven't re-saved the file or anything! First make a backup of the original odt file. Second, in a terminal, check the filetype with file:
    Code:
    file /path/to/file/filename.odt
    If it returns 'filename.odt: OpenDocument Text' you're in luck!
    Thirdly, try to open the file with 'Archive Manager' from the Applications, Accessories menu. If you don't see gibberish here save everything into a new location and post your results.

    Good Luck!
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    Re: Openoffice restore emergency

    file returns data as file type.

    Archive manager is unable to open the file, as is gedit.
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    Re: Openoffice restore emergency

    Don't you have the OO "Save AutoRecovery" enabled (I use 5 minutes)? If so it's in your backup folder as old as the last time increment. If not, well, now's a good time to enable this!

    I also, as a long time user, save incrementally, - doc1,.odt, doc2.odt, doc3.odt than the last good one I rename to doc.odt.

    If OO recovery didn't work, that's your best hope, and you may have just a corrupted file. You can try to import the file or open it with a text editor, but those are all "last gasp "ideas. Sorry

    FWIW, I got a 20 minute UPS for about a hundred bucks and it's saved me more than once!
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    Re: Openoffice restore emergency

    Sadly, nothing to do: 22 page term paper replaced with pound signs.

    Check also the temporary folder of the system (see in OOo Tools>Options>OOo>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.
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