May

09

by Kaj Kandler

The Office Letter, publishes in its May 7th issue a readers tip, how to use OpenOffice.org the free open source office suite to read and rescue corrupt Microsoft Office documents.

Paul Denize, the author of the tip writes “It appears that Word was saving files that it would later not be able to open or recover. When I closed the document, Word would not reopen them, saying they were corrupt.”

He recommends “Open Office did not complain when opening the so-called corrupt document, and managed to saved it back out. Then I could return to MS Word and open it successfully again. All I had lost was a few formatting items — some images were a different size and some grey lines were now black. I could live with that.”

Not that Paul argues to change to OpenOffice.org outright. But he seems to finds it a useful tool to rescue his corrupted Word document.

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