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Can't open LibreOffice Word file: get message file format error found at 6520,7. How can I salvage this document please? [closed]

asked 2013-09-08 14:46:42 +0100

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I was working on the document on my old XP machine using an old version of MS word.

I moved it to my new machine, Windows 8, with LibreOffice and loaded it okay, then added several portions and saved the file. It was quite big - about 200 pages of text. It was in rich text format when I loaded it, and when I saved it as I was adding information.

Then I saved the file, which was and is on a USB stick. LibreOffice can't open it, giving the message: File format eror round at 6520,7 (row, col).

I tried to reopen it on the first (XP) computer and MS Word can't read it.

I would really like to salvage as much of the document as possible. Can anyone please suggest a file repair program that might help, or any other tool that might able me to rescue most of my work.

Thank you!

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answered 2013-09-08 15:06:37 +0100

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Whoops folks! Have continued working on the problem and seem to have solved it by starting new Writer file and inserting the old file I couldn't open. It seems to have worked! I then resaved as new ODT file, and can open it.

A clever friend suggests that for some reason my installation of LibreOffice is trying to open the Writer file as a spreadsheet file.

In the meantime, I've salvaged my afternoon's work, so have time to work things out.

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