I go to file → properties and the author there is not me. how do I change that?
Did you consider for what reason a different author is named there?
Go to File | Properties, ensure Apply user data is checked, and click the Reset Properties button. You might want to try it first on a copy of the file. Don’t forget to Save the file to keep the changes.
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If you are not afraid of doing a risky job, you can try the following procedure which will preserve original creation date and all other properties.
- Save a copy of your document as .fodt, (aka. “flat XML file”)
- Quit LO
- Open the*.fodt* file with a text editor
- Near the beginning, there is a
<office:meta>element containing all “properties”. Find the author name and replace it.
- Save the modified file
- Open the modified .fodt file with LO Writer and check the change has been successful
- Save the modified .fodt file under the standard .odt format (with a name different from the original one to make sure)
Note that this procedure acts on a copy of the original file. So, if something goes wrong, just discard the copy and think over what happened.
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This may work (I did not save it), but it also erases or resets the create date, and I want the original create date. So I don’t know how to separate the two elements - the author is in the same data field as the create date.
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What was the reason for the fact that on original date of creation a different author was stored?
Document properties should probably tell something true.