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2016-03-04 19:14:35 +0100 commented answer Risks of updating LO?

Thanks, this was a good explanation.

2016-03-04 19:13:32 +0100 commented answer Risks of updating LO?

Thanks, this was a helpful clarification.

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2016-03-01 23:26:07 +0100 asked a question Risks of updating LO?

My LO version is 4.4.5.2. I have two fairly simple questions which I haven't been able to find much information about.

1) If I update to the most recent version 4 (4.4.7), could that present any risk to my existing docs? In addition, if a version 4 past 4.4 existed (e.g. 4.5 -- I know this is not actual), could updating to that present risk?

2) I I update to any version 5, could that present any risk to my existing docs?

Specifically, could either conceivably corrupt pre-existing documents or mess with pre-existing templates? I'm concerned about this because I have a large number of documents all based on a single template, and I don't want to rock the boat. My current version of LO is performing with almost no problems, but I would prefer to update LO regularly as long as it doesn't entail the risk of disrupting the documents or template at some point down the line.

I'm anticipating keeping and working with these documents for a long time (we're talking decades), so I don't want corruption to crawl in through a chain of updates. I'm worried about the possibility that a document could only withstand so many updates before somehow losing stability.

Thanks in advance for any and all advice on this issue.

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2015-11-27 06:23:18 +0100 commented answer Problem w/ Windows 10 indexing .odt content for File Explorer search function

As I wrote in the original post, I've already done what you described concerning Indexing Options. Right now the only successful option is simply to disable using the index for searches.

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2015-11-26 05:30:54 +0100 asked a question Problem w/ Windows 10 indexing .odt content for File Explorer search function

My LibreOffice version is 4.4.5.2 and I am using 64-bit Windows 10. The language of each is English and the only component I am really concerned with for this is Writer.

Here is the issue: My File Explorer searches fail to turn up valid results of .odt content. Although others have run into problems similar to mine, I felt my situation was unique enough (and I was unable to find a solution from other threads) to warrant asking this question anew. The closest case to mine I could find was this from one of our OpenOffice chums, but it unfortunately proved unhelpful because of the poster's good fortune.

I have ensured that the folder within which I am searching has the proper settings (specifically by making sure "Allow files in this folder to have contents indexed in addition to file properties" is checked). Under Windows 10's Indexing Options, I have ensured that the proper directory is indexed (which I also rebuilt), and under the Advanced menu in the File Types tab, I have ensured that .odt is checked and its radio button for "Index Properties and File Contents" is selected. None of these has solved the problem.

With indexing turned on, conducting File Explorer searching for content in the formats of .docx and .txt has been successful--it's just the .odt file format which seems to have a problem. However, searching for the words in the title of .odt files has turned up accurate results. I know that the .odt file content is not being indexed because when I disable relying on the index for the File Explorer searches, the content from .odt files will actually turn up in subsequent searches.

Some who ran into this problem in the past used something called IFilter, which I'm honestly not very familiar with, but it seems to have become outdated and unsuitable since Windows 8. I couldn't find much of anything in a cursory search of IFilter in conjunction with Windows 10, which has only strengthened my suspicion that it is not a viable path.

I appreciate any and all help to assist me in resolving this problem. It has proven both resilient and frustrating so far, but I cling to the hope that this foe will yet be conquered!

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2015-10-14 15:36:35 +0100 commented answer [Feature Request] Search for Character Styles

Thanks! Unfortunately I can't uptick yet--insufficient reputation I guess--but this was a helpful answer. I've reposted the suggestion to your link.

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2015-10-12 11:04:03 +0100 asked a question [Feature Request] Search for Character Styles

As far as I've been able to determine, there is no functionality provided by default in LibreOffice Writer to search by character style, although it is provided for paragraph style. Someone raised this issue in 2013 here, but the solution provided (an extension called AltSearch) "has not had a release in over 1 year and may no longer be maintained." Even if it were up to date, I would prefer the reliability of default integration for this "Search for character style" functionality than to rely on an extension that would require attention from time to time, could face at least temporary setbacks with new versions of LibreOffice, and could still eventually become unsupported. So is this something that LibreOffice's developers would be willing to consider?

Also, I'm relatively new to the LibreOffice community and so am not aware of the best venue for feature requests. Is it this, the mailing list, or something else? Thanks.