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Tom Morton \(via Dropbox\) wrote:

Hi there,

Tom Morton ( invited you to edit the folder " Dissertation " on Dropbox.

Tom said:

I was writing my dissertation yesterday using Libre Office Writer. I accidentally saved it as 
2003 XML document. 

I had written 3000+ words and now I can not get the words back. 

However, when I open the document in Libre Office Writer, It comes up saying that there is 3000+ 
words in the word count and 6 pages in the properties but I can only see headers, some footnotes 
and two small paragraphs. My hand in is on monday and I'm having a nightmare right now. 

if i open the document in anything other than Libre Office Writer, it only appears in formula or 

I am going to attach the document now.

Thanks for your help in advance. "

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The Dropbox team


I looked into the file, and when I open it in LO (5.2), it indeed says 3362 words, 20511 
characters. But that is just a number stored in the file. As soon as you do something (like add a 
space), it has to recalculate the number of words and it comes down to 292 words, 2980 characters. 
I looked inside the xml file, and that really is all there is. There is no other hidden or 
invisible text. So if this xml file is all you have, I am afraid the rest is lost.

I saved it as ODT in the folder but I don't know if that will reach you also or if it is just a 
local copy for myself.
Piet van Oostrum <>
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