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On Sun, Mar 2, 2014 at 4:39 AM, Tom Davies <> wrote:

Hi :)
I found that some files went a bit weird if they had originally been
created in Word as DocX (maybe as (Doc too but i haven't had enough
cases to really notice) and then just used "Save As" to convert to

Similarly with some files created in 3.3.x and used in more recent
versions - and again with ones in 3.4.x.  Ones in 3.5.x and onwards
don't seem to have the same problems at all.  However, a lot of that
could be due to user-error.  I had been using OpenOffice a little bit
over the years under Sun but only started using it seriously when it
became LibreOffice.  During most of the 3.3.x and 3.4.x branch i had a
tendency to set the file defaults as MS ones instead of using ODF.  It
was only by the 3.5.x branch that i committed to using ODF for
originals and since then i've had no problems.

Starting afresh solved the problems for me.  I'd start by opening a
blank fresh new document using the latest release of LibreOffice.
Then copy&paste(special) in as unformatted text.  Finally apply styles
and drag in images.

Granted, it is a LOT easier with most word-processed letters and other
fairly small documents. Spreadsheets are going to be a tad more
complicated because there's a tendency to have a lot of worksheets and
each sheet would need to be done separately.

On the other hand it might be easier to do using just "remove direct
formatting" without starting afresh in a fresh new document.  Then it
might be just a couple of clicks per sheet.
Ctrl A         = Select All
Ctrl c          = copy
Ctrl Shift v = paste special
Ctrl m         = remove direct formatting (it's the top item in the
"Format" menu)

Regards from
Tom :)

​Thanks for the tip Tom. I was hoping it wouldn't come to that, but maybe
I'll have to create a new, fresh spreadsheet. That would be a LOT of work

On 2 March 2014 11:48, Cley Faye <> wrote:
2014-03-02 7:00 GMT+01:00 "J. Van Brimmer" <>:


I'm new to the list, so if this is an inappropriate subject, please let

I am using Libreoffice on Manjaro Linux. Over the last several months
version has been regularly updated. The currently installed version is:
Build ID: Arch Linux build-1". I have been using Manjaro for
six months. Over this time I have been using Libreoffice to update some
Calc spreadsheets that I created to keep track of my finances. There is
only one of those files that occasionally gets corrupted. It's always
same file, and only this one file that gets corrupted. I keep the files
a USB drive. I always save the file, close Libreoffice, and unmount the
drive before removing it from the computer. I have no forewarning that
file is corrupt until the next time I open it. When I open the file when
its corrupted, I get this window:

.  Nothing I try can get Libreoffice to open or repair the file.
, if
I open the file with Libreoffice 3 on my Debian system, I am offered a
window that asks me if I want Libreoffice to repair the file. If I
click on
'Yes' Libreoffice 3 completes the repair and I see the spreadsheet. The
only strange thing that I notice about the repaired file is that the
chart I had created is only a placeholder. I then delete the placeholder
and recreate the chart. If I then save an
d close the file, and reopen it in Libreoffice 4, it opens fine until
next time it gets corrupted. I don't know how to cause the problem,
that to keep opening the file until it happens.

Has anyone seen this problem? Is there anything I should try?

You could always try getting the latest version (4.2.1) and see if it
happen. I vaguely recall having a similar issue in Impress, that vanished
by updating.

Other than that, it would be useful to see the file when it is
but that might not be possible if it contain sensitive data.

Jerry Van Brimmer

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