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LibreOffice just not saving properly and deleted 1000 words of my dissertation [closed]

asked 2014-04-25 16:10:42 +0100

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updated 2015-08-25 11:10:09 +0100

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I don't know what the <beep> going on but I just saved my work to close it and reopen it because spellcheck wasn't working and I reopened it and it's saved 2 words? It did something similar last night but I thought I just hadn't saved it properly cos it only lost 200 words or so. And before you ask yes I have backed it up but it seems to not be loading them correctly either. I did resave them today so I'm fairly sure that's whats <beep> it up. I've tried to open it on another computer without libre office and it won't open, i normally save these documents as a docx though. They seem to have saved as an XML file. I'm pretty <beep> if i don't fix this, probably lost at least 15 hours worth of work. PLEASE HELP EDIT: I'm fairly certain I'm <beep>, I've looked at the back ups and they're the same as the other ones, 2 words saved. My older backups have 39 words saved but that's still <beep>. Is there any rescuing this? I'm definitely never using libreoffice again it's <beep> me over.

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You can rename the file to *.zip and take a look at the content.xml file inside. Even if LibreOffice can't load the .odt you can manually copy and paste the text from there.

Alexander Wilms gravatar imageAlexander Wilms ( 2014-04-25 16:56:46 +0100 )edit

I changed all inappropriate words with <beep>. I understand your frustration, but it will not help in any way to express in this kind of tone to volunteer forum users.

L-user gravatar imageL-user ( 2014-04-25 20:08:24 +0100 )edit

You should NEVER use a Microsoft file format (DOC or DOCX) to save your work, because they are not dependable at all. You can blame LibreOffice if you save using the appropriate native open document format (ODT). Any other format should be used only for exchanging the documents with other usesr, but not to save the working document.

Italo Vignoli gravatar imageItalo Vignoli ( 2014-04-26 19:40:33 +0100 )edit

I am having a similar problem. Libre Office Version: 4.1.4.2, Fedora 19. A client sent me a .docx file. I edited a few words, then saved it (as .docx). When I reopened it, the second half of the 23 page document had vanished. This problem is reproducible. I just now deleted one sentence from the original file, using 'record changes', and did a 'save as', and again, the manuscript is truncated at exactly the same place. I can't save as odt and transfer back coz EndNote stops working for clients.

simoneStLouis gravatar imagesimoneStLouis ( 2014-05-20 06:00:21 +0100 )edit

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answered 2014-04-25 20:03:10 +0100

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updated 2014-04-25 20:11:34 +0100

You haven't specify the LibreOffice version and operating system name/version. Please provide more info.

What I suggest is:
1. Check the Tools | Options | LibreOffice | Paths | look at the Backups path and open file manager and see if there is something useful there.
2. Do NOT save documents in any other format then ODF! If you need docx file format then first save in ODF and then open document and save as docx. Close document, open ODF back and work with ODF. This will prevent many many problems... If you are using any other file type in LibreOffice beside ODF, then you are looking for a problems.
3. Look at Help | About and see what version you are using and then look at https://www.libreoffice.org/download/ and download the latest update. If you are using like 4.1.x (menu Help | About) then download/install 4.1.5. If your Help | About is 4.2.x then download/install 4.2.3.
4. Create regular backups. Don't work for 10 hours and then find out that you lost all of the work. After each hour create backup file. Name your files like date_hour like: dissertation-2014-04-25_10 so date 25 of April 2014 at 10 am. If you will use this kind of date plus hour all of the files will be properly sorted in file manager, so you will be able to find out them very fast. Creating this kind of backups will take you only few seconds and in case of disaster save hours of work.
6. Do the Alexander tip.
7. Tools | Options | Load/Save | General | check Always create backup copy.
8. Tools | Options | Load/Save | General | check Save AutoRecovery information every 5 Minutes.

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Another tip: If you save your files to a directory backed up to a "cloud" service such as DropBox or OwnCloud, most of them have versioning so you can easily restore an old copy of a file (within some set limits). For example, I believe "free" DropBox accounts keep all the versions of a file for 30 days, and the "paid" DropBox accounts keep old file versions for longer periods.

TommyT gravatar imageTommyT ( 2014-12-03 18:25:40 +0100 )edit

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