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From Duffield <>
Subject Re: Secure Password Problem
Date Mon, 05 Aug 2013 21:38:16 GMT
Unfortunately, the blue screens took care of the rebooting question-there
have been innumerable reboots since this problem appeared.

I know that when a reboot has been forced while an OO file is open, during
the boot up process OO gives the option to recover the file (but from that
point on it is a Read-Only file and cannot be changed).  Knowing that
limitation, I gave up trying to recover under those circumstanced and just
cancelled out of the offer.  It was only after I had done that that the
corrupted password problem appeared.  I was hoping I might be able to force
a recovery without being prompted to do so during boot up.

Yes, it was an ODF file.  Although numerous reboots have passed, I will
still look at the temporary files to see if I find anything, on an off
chance.  Thank you very much for the tip.


On Mon, Aug 5, 2013 at 12:03 PM, Hagar Delest <>wrote:

> Check the temporary folder of the system (see in OO menu
> Tools>Options>OO>Paths). If there are folders like sgmlf.tmp with a file
> having the same name inside, make a copy of that file, rename it in .ods
> and cross your fingers. If you have not rebooted, you might have those
> files still there.
> NB: I hope you were using ODF (.ods). If it was a .xls, I doubt there is
> something to do.
> Good luck!
> Hagar
> Le 05/08/2013 21:33, Duffield a écrit :
>  I have very few password protected documents but have one Calc document
>> which is very important to me that I protect with a very secure password.
>> Fortunately, I periodically do a Save As of this document and retain many
>> of the previous copies even though the contents have been superseded by
>> the
>> newest file.
>> I use the same password for all copies of this file so I know what the
>> correct password is.  I have not changed this password in years.
>> My problem is that the password for the newest copy of this Calc document
>> seemingly has become corrupted and the correct password will no longer
>> open
>> it.
>> This all seems to have come about as a result of some blue screens while
>> the file was open, caused by a failed memory module.  Once I removed the
>> defective memory and got the computer working correctly again, I
>> discovered
>> I could no longer access my Calc document because my password no longer
>> works.
>> My question is, is there any file recovery I can run for this document
>> which might restore the password to what it is supposed to be?  I am using
>> Open Office v3.4.1 on a Win XP Pro SP3 pc.
>> I can abandon this corrupted file but it does contain the most current
>> information which is not available in the most recent preceding file.  It
>> is not a traumatic event but will be a definite inconvenience if I have to
>> abandon this corrupted file.
>> Any suggestions offered will be appreciated, even if I end up failing in
>> my
>> effort.
>> Thank you,
>> Bob
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