Hi, I created some pages using OpenOffice 4.1.5, saved and then later added some wording by copy and paste then printed the pages and saved again, now I cannot get into the document to create more pages, I just get a message saying "not a WinWord97 file". Anyone know how I can get it to open to be used again?
I downloaded something called "DOC Viewer free" and can now see the document but cannot do anything with it.
Try right-clicking on the file in the folder, and in the menu that opens, click on "Open with," then select Open Office. Even better would be, instead of selecting Open Office at this point, after clicking on "Open with" select "Choose another app," then click on the box that says, "Always open this file type with this app," and then select Open Office.
You have several options. But before I get into them, first point out the cause of the problem -- somehow that time you have your OpenOffice set to save as MS Word 97 file, hence the "not a WinWord97" error message. That also means you don't have MS Word or MS Office installed on your computer. Next time you save something in OpenOffice, choose "Save As" and make sure the file setting is OpenOffice format (e.g., .odt) and not something else like MS Word.
The file may very well have been corrupted during the save process. You can force OpenOffice to open the file using right-click, but if you still get the same error message, then the files has been partially corrupted. But you should be able to recover most, if not all of it. Here are a few options, but first, make a copy of your file and move the original unopenable file to somewhere safe -- it will serve as your backup (even if not usable right now), in case things get messed up even more.
Option 1: -- using the copy of your file, change the name and add ".rtf" to it. Then open it with WordPad, which comes standard on Windows computers. In fact, you should be able to simply double-click on the file and it should start up WordPad -- use WordPad to extract the text (you will likely lose a lot of the formatting)
Option 2: -- upload the document and use GoogleDocs -- again, you can extract/save the text (but again, you will likely lose a lot of the formatting)
Option 3: -- email the file to me if you have difficulty trying the other 2 options, and I will open it with MS Word and blah blah blah...
Thank you very much for the help, I have managed to save through GoogleDocs, as stated a lot of the formatting was lost but that wasn't the important bit anyway. Have now re-saved in .odt and have tried it out afterwards and all works ok now
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