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On 2/4/2014 10:06 PM, Keith Bates wrote:

No, I made sure that the "HTML source" item was not selected. I've tried a few different files generated by different sources. Generally they behave as I described, although I did find one that opened correctly.
What kind of files did you try that were generated by different programs? Which ones worked? Do all the files have the .html extension, or are some .xhtml, etc? Do you know if there is a certain pattern in the source code of each file that causes LibreOffice to display the source? When I tried loading an HTML file into LibreOffice 4.2, it worked correctly. If the files do not contain any sensitive, personal, or otherwise information that you do not want to publish, you can send the list and I the HTML files you tried. However, *E-Mail attachments are not accepted by the LibreOffice mailing list server*. If you use the mailing list via Nabble, I think you can upload a file to the server. If you use an E-Mail client to use the mailing list, you can use something like Sendspace (

I have no idea what the difference is between those that work and those that don't.

Opening them from a blank html document makes no difference. In fact the title bar just says LO Writer not Writer/Web.
That isn't right! Maybe another thing you can try is a clean install of LibreOffice (with all of the settings reset). If you urgently need a temporary solution, and nothing works, you can download LibreOffice 4.1.4 from: Just select the type you want (I don't know if you prefer the RPM or the Debian package).

If I start with a blank html document and use Insert-File it shows up as the source.

I'm using the linux version of LO. Are you using Windows or Linux?
I am using Windows Vista, and sometimes Windows 8 (mostly Vista). If you are able to send the HTML files (at least one that works and one that doesn't) to the list and I (that doesn't contain any personal data), I might be able to examine the file's source and find the route of the bug. Then, I can file an official bug that explains the issue. I don't know if the issue is operating system-specific or not.
I hope this helps!


On 05/02/14 12:39, null wrote:
In LibreOffice 4.2, there is an option under the View menu in LibreOffice Writer/Web labeled "HTML Source." Be sure that that item is unchecked. Also, if that doesn't fix the problem, try going into LibreOffice, selecting File>New>HTML Document, and once in Writer/Web, go to File>Open and select the HTML file. For me, HTML files load in LibreOffice correctly. Did this fix the issue?


On 2/4/2014 7:28 PM, Keith Bates wrote:
Has anyone experienced this new problem (or is it a feature?) in 4.2?

In previous versions of LO, opening an html file would give you the file as would be seen on a web browser.

In 4.2 it is the actual html code that is displayed. This behaviour happens when opening any html document or inserting an html file into an open LO document.

Does anyone know of a way around this?

I use moneydance to track finances, and it allows reports to be saved in html. Producing printed reports used to be a matter of simply opening the Income and Expenses report in LO, inserting the Account Balances at the end of the report, then edit titles, styles etc at will.

I have discovered that I can open the html files in Firefox, then copy and paste into LO, but that does seem unnecessarily complicated, when it used to just work in a single step.

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