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Writer document full of # symbol

Postby Ronzie0655 » Tue Sep 01, 2020 7:11 pm

I am about ready to uninstall this program. I have almost 90 pages of a manuscript that I cannot get back. When I open the file, I get page after page of this:###############################################################################################################################################################################################################################################################################################################################################################################################################################################################################. I am furious! Not even the Geek Squad at Best Buy can figure it out and if this project is lost, I will never recommend this program to anyone. I have never been so upset and fed up with a program as I am with this. Open Office is not what I was made to believe it is. I want answers!
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Re: Writer document full of # symbol

Postby RusselB » Wed Sep 02, 2020 4:59 am

Welcome to the Forums
This type of thing has been reported many times.
In most cases it means that you have a file that is corrupted beyond saving.
For more information see this tutorial

As to recommending OpenOffice, your usage (or lack thereof) is irrelevant.

If OpenOffice isn't what you were thinking it was, then we can't help that as we have no ideas what you thought OpenOffice was.
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Re: Writer document full of # symbol

Postby robleyd » Wed Sep 02, 2020 5:04 am

See also Text has been converted to hashtags for more information on why this happens and a link to a backup extension which many find useful.
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Re: Writer document full of # symbol

Postby RoryOF » Wed Sep 02, 2020 9:40 am

Previous experience tells that your file will be utterly corrupt. Try the methods in this post, as soon as possible, in the hope of recovering part or all of it.

The damage is possibly due to over-hasty power-off of computer or closure of laptop lid, before the file housekeeping has been written to disk. Do not let your computer sleep/hibernate with a document open. When you have formally closed down the computer, wait five or ten seconds before pulling the power lead or closing the laptop lid, to allow the internal buffers of the hard drive flush to disk

As soon as possible try the methods in this tutorial
See [Tutorial] How to find and un-delete AOO temporary files for detailed instructions on how to

a) use Previous Versions (W7 and later) to recover previous versions of the file (is there something similar on MacOS and Linux?);

b) recover your file as it was when you last opened or saved it, or as it was when it was last saved with AutoRecovery;

c) find previous versions of the file in the folder it is located in, but which have since been deleted;

d) un-delete the temporary files AOO wrote while you were editing the file, and then deleted. This will recover your file as it was when you last opened or you last saved it.

There will be nothing usable in your damaged file - waste no time with it. Try the recovery methods above.

With a document of 90 pages you should have a systematic backup routine in place.
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