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On Mon, 6 Aug 2018 18:46:15 +0100
Tom Davies <> wrote:

Hi :)
It 'shouldn't do'  but what should happen and what actually happens
are often at least 2 different things.  In this case it's very
unlikely to go wrong though.

The main thing is to have a duplicate 'copy' in ODF format as a
back-up in case the file does go wonky.  Ideally either emailed to
yourself, or copied to a Cloud, or saved on a usb-stick or on a
different machine or just somewhere other than the 1 place you
usually use it from.

I suspect that your file is of the type that it's already got several
old versions of itself floating around in different places already -
and that might be enough if the main up-to-date version ever does go

Between LibreOffice 3.x.x and 4.0.0 there were significant changes
that made it worth refreshing quite a lot of documents in the way you
suggested.  Ideally pasting as unformatted text or by going via a
text-editor to strip out all the cruft defunct formatting accumulated
over the years - and then reapplying styles and formatting after.

I don't think it's been needed since then.

If you bounce it around between different formats, especially if it's
been saved and re-used from a Microsoft format for MS Office 2010 or
more recent then it might well be a good idea to de-cruft it - but
that is more to do with the messiness and constantly changing
"transitional" versions of it's format used in different versions of
MS Office.

If it's stayed as an Odt (or whatever) then the build-up of cruft is
unlikely to be noticeable.

Regards from
a Tom :)

Thanks, Tom. This document has never been anything but an .odt, so I'm
safe there. I haven't noticed the file size getting outlandishly
bulbous, either. Once in a while I make a plain-text copy, so between
that and a backup on a flash drive, it sounds like I'm safe continuing
to do what I'm doing.



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