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Writer all of a sudden starts adding many thousands of new pages.

asked 2019-08-29 18:14:26 +0200

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updated 2019-08-30 06:33:49 +0200

When trying to open my 44-page long document, Writer all of a sudden starts adding many thousands of new pages. This process doesn't stop, starts from 1000, 5000 then 9000+ new pages. Cannot do anything about it. Cannot copy and paste my pages to a new document, cannot save it in a different format, looks like my computer is frozen. Uninstalled 6.2.5.2. Installed 6.2.6.2. Now the count of added pages is 22000+C:\fakepath\Thousands of blank pages_Copy.odt

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What's your OS? Does the document contain macros?

ajlittoz gravatar imageajlittoz ( 2019-08-29 18:27:03 +0200 )edit

Not that I know of! ;-) No, I have not used macros in Writer. I just started using the program. I am a complete newbie.

NewUser111 gravatar imageNewUser111 ( 2019-08-29 18:41:57 +0200 )edit

Oh, my OS: Windows 7 Ultimate

NewUser111 gravatar imageNewUser111 ( 2019-08-29 18:42:48 +0200 )edit

Strange! If the document is really a 44-page one (i.e. < 1MB), attach it to your question. Do that through the edit link.

ajlittoz gravatar imageajlittoz ( 2019-08-29 18:52:14 +0200 )edit

I would rather not do it. Lots of very personal information in it, describes family history.

NewUser111 gravatar imageNewUser111 ( 2019-08-29 19:14:46 +0200 )edit

By the way, the document contains approximately 20 pictures and is 33MB big.

NewUser111 gravatar imageNewUser111 ( 2019-08-29 19:16:56 +0200 )edit

Here's a suggestion, assuming you're not totally newbie with computers and that you saved as .odt, not .doc(x).

Make a copy. Replace .odt extension by .zip in the copy. Open with compression utility. Remove all pictures (this will create conflicts in manifest.xml but you have a more serious problem). Save. Reset extension to .odt. Does the file now open (with errors, of course since images were removed without erasing their references)?

ajlittoz gravatar imageajlittoz ( 2019-08-29 19:59:56 +0200 )edit

Followed your instructions. Opened "pictures" folder after opening the original file renamed as a zip file. Removed all pictures from the "pictures" folder. Noticed that after deleting all of them the whole "pictures" folder disappeared. Renamed the file back as odt. Opened it (now it is approx 30kb, crossed my fingers and ... started counting pages.... now we are at 13000. BTW, thank you for your suggestions, I mean it, it not a sarcasm. I am completely lost here.

NewUser111 gravatar imageNewUser111 ( 2019-08-29 20:19:23 +0200 )edit

I am Polish and my other word processing program, MS Office 2003, does not automatically recognize Polish texts as written in Polish. Tried adding additional languages, but for some reason it wasn't easy for me to do it. Initially, LibreOffice Writer, right out of the box, recognized my Polish documents as Polish and gave me Polish spellcheck and grammar check. I couldn't be happier! But after couple weeks it stopped letting me write special Polish characters like ą, ę, ć and the rest of them. Tried certain things suggested by this help forum but nothing worked for me. Eventually I stumbled upon a good solution: When Writer stops giving me my "ą" after pressing "Alt" and the letter "a" what I need to do is: 1. Press "Caps Lock" 2. Press "Shift" and "Alt" 3. Press "Caps Lock" once again, turning it off Then I can go back ...(more)

NewUser111 gravatar imageNewUser111 ( 2019-08-29 20:33:39 +0200 )edit

...has some other mysterious meaning? ;-)

NewUser111 gravatar imageNewUser111 ( 2019-08-29 20:33:58 +0200 )edit

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answered 2019-09-18 19:10:29 +0200

Fixed in tdf#127235.

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answered 2019-09-18 20:14:49 +0200

@NewUser111, Try to recover data this way:

  • Get a copy of the file and change it from .odt to .zip
  • Open in unpacking
  • The content.xml file is the text of the file

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  • and the Pictures folder are the images.

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And create a new file with this information.

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