Wednesday, April 1, 2009

I use Open Office software on my work computer for word processing. I wrote an article that is supposed to be published in a magazine and is due today. I had it perfect and the only reason I didn't send it on was to re-read it a few times over the course of the evening and to look for a photo to accompany it.

My laptop battery is dead and somehow the cord got knocked loose, shutting my computer off. I hadn't saved (I know, I'm an idiot) but wasn't too freaked out since Open Office does an awesome job recovering whatever was left up.

It recovered everything...but the freaking article. I could cry. I even turned my computer off 3 more times hoping this was some April Fools' joke from my computer, but the article is nowhere.

It has to be somewhere, right? WHERE? Please tell me so that I won't have to kill myself today. I am too tired to re-write and I really, and I mean REALLY, need to pack.


Steff said...

You posted this a while ago, you may not even need help anymore... but

Autosave files are saved for recovery in the folder C:\Documents and settings\username\Application data\\3\user\backup, the last saved file is recovered.

At the point of time of recovery, the file in the backup folder is deleted.

That means that if OOo crashes, the workaround is to go to the backup folder and copy the file to your user folder prior the restarting OOo.

I'll keep looking though, there has to be a temp file, SOMEWHERE!

Anonymous said...

Open Office makes me want to scream. I was missing my job until I remembered how much I could not stand having to use that program. So thanks!