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    I saved one days work throughout the day as a .doc. When I shut the document down I could not re-open it and I received a prompt that the document was in the wrong format or that I had lost some data.

    The document “Product Liability-3.doc” could not be opened. The file is not in the right format.
    Or could be lost, truncated or in the wrong format.

    I have tried nearly everything -

    I am using Mac OS X (10.5.8)
    Anyone know how I can get around this one.
    Thanks
    P

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    Can you view it with preview (select the document and hit space)?

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    Nah,
    just tried that - I am looking at a blank page - while my other docs are showing text. Incidentally when I look at the size of the document it is showing up as 68KB which is about right.
    Also - it is saved as Word 97 Format (doc)
    Thanks
    Paul

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    If u have access to iWork open it in Pages and then use Save As to put it back to .doc
    There are the choices in File > Export


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    Just tried that -
    Tells me IMPORT ERROR - file format is invalid

    Is there some trick to have this opened in Pages?

    Much Obliged
    Paul

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    In that case i would try Text Edit - if it wont open in that then it may well be corrupted.

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    How old is your backup copy?

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    All I did going along was to continue to save the file that I was working on - I didn't save the file to any external back-up.
    Do you think it may be backed up somewhere in the system??
    Thanks
    Paul

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul C View Post
    I saved one days work throughout the day as a .doc. When I shut the document down I could not re-open it and I received a prompt that the document was in the wrong format or that I had lost some data.

    The document “Product Liability-3.doc” could not be opened. The file is not in the right format.
    Or could be lost, truncated or in the wrong format.

    I have tried nearly everything -

    I am using Mac OS X (10.5.8)
    Anyone know how I can get around this one.
    Thanks
    P

    Were you using Office 2008? I had something similar happen before I ran all the crazy Microsoft updates. I lost an entire Excel project - two weeks of work. After the crash the file was of size 0.
    If you want, you can PM me and send the file to me, I'll see if I can un-currupt it.
    I feel for you, man. I've been down this road.

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    Hey,
    that would be great if you could do that.
    I have attached it -
    If you get to open it - you can have a marvellous read all about Irish Law of Tort in relation to product liability.
    Much appreciated for the offer
    Paul
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    Opened fine for me in NeoOffice. I saved it as an .rtf file that should open in just about any word processor. Can't get the file to upload with that extent, though, so I renamed it to .txt and it's here. Download it, rename to .rtf and see if you can get it into your word processor.
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    Try this.
    Give this a try. It's opening in Pages and textedit here. Hope it's all intact.
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    Hey,
    Jakerich and dtravis7 - you are stars - I opened my document in its entirety - all intact.
    You have just saved me two days work - and exams only two weeks away.
    Thanks for your time and interest.
    Paul

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    Hey, just glad we could help. I had it all attached and saw the other user had attached one also!

    Anyway take care and if we can assist in the future, just let us know.

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    That is very helpful
    Many thanks once again
    Paul

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