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Hi :)
Sorry about the last answer!  I'm forwarding this question to the 
Documentation Team as they might have a better and quicker answer than 
the Users List.  

I also don't have a good answer so i've tried to gather a few thoughts.  
The Writer Guide,  Chapter 13 "Working with Master Documents", might be 
more helpful

I suspect that when you open the master document it still asks if you 
want to update links?  Even if not then it might be worth doing a 
deliberate and easily spotted edit to one of the documents and then reopen the master to see if the 

I think there are at least 2 ways of inserting documents into a master 
document.  Is it DDE-links that operate the way required?  The other way would be to insert as a 
section (i think) and it's possible that is 
what happened this time.  I'm not sure how to recover from that.  It 
might be best to do a new master but it might be possible to edit the 
xml file that is inside the Odt or DocX. The first time often takes ages but 2nd time is really 
fast because there are tons of decisions and 
trivial issues that you had to wasde through and research first time but 2nd time around you 
already know what you are aiming for.  
Could you let us know which format the master document is saved in?  If 
you are using Windows then it probably hides the file-ending but if you 
hover the mouse over the documents icon then information about the file 
should pop-up in a yellow box.  Can you see if it's Odt, Od(?), DocX or 
something else?

Forwarding a post back to the list or starting a new fresh email are good ways to start a new 
thread.  Either way you need to copy&paste or re-type the Users List address into the "To" field.  

On this list we should really be prepared to deal with cases where people 
are unfamiliar with mailing-lists and help them become familiar with 
things such as bottom-posting and other nuances that they may have never experienced in any other 
communication until now.  That is, if 
LibreOffice is to be a gateway project welcoming people into OpenSource 
rather than remaining a tiny niche product almost unknown and unheard of out in real offices around 
the world.  Just my opinion of course :)  

Good luck and regards fromTom :)  

----- Forwarded Message -----
From: Thomas Taylor <>
Sent: Tuesday, 30 October 2012, 0:34
Subject: Re: [libreoffice-users] Master Document issue

On Mon, 29 Oct 2012 18:40:28 -0400
David Burleigh <> wrote:

I just spent many hours building a master document which links
together all the chapters of a book, and everything was going fine
until somehow, without any conscious action on my part, it embedded
all the linked documents rather than keeping them as links. Can this
be undone, that is, restoring the original links?

This embedding action defeats the purpose entirely, as I need the
ability to independently edit the linked documents. Then when I reopen
the master document, it normally would display all the updates to the
linked documents. I use Master Documents all the time in this way, and
this mysterious embedding action has never happened before.

Hi David,
I'm sorry I can't answer your question.

I noticed that your message is in the middle of the existing thread
"libreoffice-users] Re: [tdf-announce] The Document Foundation
announces LibreOffice 3.5.7".  That looks like you hijacked the thread
and changed the subject.  First, that is poor etiquette, second your
are less likely to get a good response since it is buried in an
existing thread and does not stand out as a new thread.  Many of
us have over 100 messages per day and don't bother looking at a
thread that is not of interest to us.  Please, in the future, compose a
new message which will have its own thread.

Thanks, Tom

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