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How do I get rid of objects that appear at pdf export ?

asked 2018-12-16 13:34:43 +0200

TangoMango gravatar image


I have an LO Writer document, huge (100 pages) that was edited by many parties and with many imports from MS Office Word - which means the structure of the document (styles ...) is quite a mess.

Among other things there are imported objects (shapes, like circles, rectangles, ...) used for decoration here and there.

Problem : during the import of some of these elements (by copying-pasting from a .docx document opened with LO), some of them did not show up at first import attempt and there are nowhere to be seen in the document, but I just found out they do appear when exporting the document to pdf ! And of course, they are now unwanted (at the wrong page, etc...).

The problem is : I cannot get rid of them because I cannot see them anywhere in LO !

I thought I could find them by unzipping the odt file, but I have no clue where they are supposed to be. Please note, these objects are shapes, not images.

Attachment : The odt file If you export it as pdf, you will see appearing orange shapes on page 3 on the right side of the page : one circle with "2018" and 3 horizontal lines.

How the hell can I get rid of these shapes ?

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answered 2018-12-16 19:03:46 +0200

Grantler gravatar image

updated 2018-12-16 19:29:48 +0200

In my view there is no chance to restore your file. It is corrupt.

Hit the F5 key and check:

  1. Images (some of them "hidden"?!)
  2. Drawing objects (duplicates?!)

If selected, they refuse any elimination.

Additionally you find a drawing object outside the "paper pane" which is neither to move nor to erase (red arrow points at it); also a sign of corruption.

Once I helped an American user to check a menu. Nearly the same problems - I had to build up the entire file again. Probably this will be your fate. Sorry for not telling you better news.

Attached you find a screenshot with the mentioned problems.


Additum: I also had a "print out" into pdf format, same results as direct export from LO.

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Actually, that helped a lot ! Although the document structure is quite messed up, the Navigator - to which I had not thought - helped me cleaning it of the unwanted objects, even though it's been quite a tedious process.

TangoMango gravatar imageTangoMango ( 2018-12-16 21:00:10 +0200 )edit
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