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my laptop was shut down before I closed a document I had started. Even though it was being automatically saved in progress, I now can't find the file. Any suggestions?

asked 2018-07-22 01:58:23 +0200

Hazlbev gravatar image

Document was started on July 19. Dozens of pages were completed. I had not named the file yet. Its not found as an untitled doc . Nothing comes up under that date.

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"Was shutdown" means what? a system crash, or a normal shutdown process? if the latter, then what was answered to usual "Your data is not saved... Save it now?" request?

Did you run LibreOffice after turning on the laptop? didn't it offer you restoring the file?

Mike Kaganski gravatar imageMike Kaganski ( 2018-07-22 02:18:13 +0200 )edit

Hazlbev wrote:

I had not named the file yet.

You may find a file named .lock in your office profile folder. Probably there only are some pieces (fragments) of information about User, Host, Stamp...

untitled doc

Why do you think that doc is used by LibreOffice???

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Mike wrote:

Did you run LibreOffice after turning on the laptop? didn't it offer you restoring the file?

Will it be an empty file? (not saved!)

Grantler gravatar imageGrantler ( 2018-07-22 09:06:20 +0200 )edit

@Grantler: in theory, no. If a file is not saved yet, that should not prevent the recovery feature. Still, as far as I tested just now, it does give an empty document in 6.1.0.2. That is a bug, and needs a report. I don't know since when is the problem present, or was ever it working correctly (which doesn't nullify that it is a bug still).

Mike Kaganski gravatar imageMike Kaganski ( 2018-07-22 13:00:40 +0200 )edit

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answered 2018-07-22 11:13:00 +0200

floris v gravatar image

Automatic save is only meant for auto recovery (and as a temporary file that gets deleted when Libre closes normally) , in case Libre crashes. You should still save your work, preferably ever 30 minutes or so.

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answered 2018-07-22 12:40:35 +0200

@Hazlbev I would open LibreOffice first, as @Mike mentioned, that should find it and open it, but if not, the path to user is, C/Users/Administrator/AppData/Roaming/LibreOffice/4/user/backup. With any luck it's there.

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