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I am writing an essay, pretty long, multiple (large) pictures in it, in .docx format in LO Writer.

You should not have done that. See here: https://forum.openoffice.org/en/forum/viewtopic.php?t=83694

Have you activated: Tools menu > Load/Save > General > [x] Always create backup copy ?

If not, it is a hard way to gain back the contents of your text.

What else can you do?

Have you tried the Wordviewer from Microsoft? It's for free. Last edition works on Word2007 level. It could help you to open your file and to transport contents via clipboard.

You also could try to upload to Google online word processor, probably it can read your file.

And in the end:

  • Working on large files on LibreOffice Writer always should have an odt file as output. DOC or DOCX for exchange, only export when finished. Further work always on odt file, so no conversion and re conversion is to manage for Writer.
  • Always save different versions, time stamp can be helpful; so you never lose the complete content but "only" some hours of hard work.

Cheers

I am writing an essay, pretty long, multiple (large) pictures in it, in .docx format in LO Writer.

You should not have done that. See here: https://forum.openoffice.org/en/forum/viewtopic.php?t=83694

Have you activated: Tools menu > Load/Save > General > [x] Always create backup copy ?

If not, it is a hard way to gain back the contents and structure of your text.

What else can you do?

Have you tried the Wordviewer from Microsoft? It's for free. Last edition works on Word2007 level. It could help you to open your file and to transport contents via clipboard.

You also could try to upload to Google online word processor, probably it can read your file.

And in the end:

  • Working on large files on LibreOffice Writer always should have an odt file as output. DOC or DOCX for exchange, only export when finished. Further work always on odt file, so no conversion and re conversion reconversion is to manage for Writer.
  • Always save different versions, time stamp can be helpful; so you never lose the complete content but "only" some hours of hard work.

Cheers

I am writing an essay, pretty long, multiple (large) pictures in it, in .docx format in LO Writer.

You should not have done that. See here: https://forum.openoffice.org/en/forum/viewtopic.php?t=83694

Have you activated: Tools menu > Load/Save > General > [x] Always create backup copy ?

If not, it is a hard way to gain back the contents and structure of your text.

And in the end:

  • Working on large files on LibreOffice Writer always should have an odt file as output. DOC or DOCX for exchange, only export when finished. Further work always on odt file, so no conversion and reconversion is to manage for Writer.
  • Always save different versions, time stamp can be helpful; so you never lose the complete entire content but "only" some hours of hard work.

Cheers