How to recover auto saved files from OpenOffice

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How to recover auto saved files from OpenOffice
OpenOffice's auto-save feature helps ensure you won't lose your work. (Apache)

The Apache OpenOffice software suite includes an auto-save function, designed to minimise your losses in case your computer crashes or shuts down before you can save your work. In an ideal world, you will never need to recover your files through this feature. In practice, though, familiarising yourself with how the feature works and where the automatically-saved files are located will give you a way to recover most of your work if something does go wrong.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Launch OpenOffice again. You should see a screen reading " Document Recovery" and containing a list of documents you had open at the time the crash occurred.

  2. 2

    Select the documents you want to recover from the list and click "Start Recovery." Wait for the recovery process to complete.

  3. 3

    Click "Next" and fill in the error report form if you want to report the crash to the OpenOffice development team. Alternatively, simply click "Cancel" to open your recovered files.

Tips and warnings

  • By default, OpenOffice automatically saves your work every 15 minutes. To increase the frequency, click "Tools," select "Options," click the "Plus" icon next to "Load / Save," select "General" and lower the number in the "Minutes" field.
  • For added safety, switch on automatic backup creation. The option for this can be found in the same location as the auto-save frequency; when it is switched on, the old version of your files will be copied to a backup folder whenever a new version is saved, whether automatically or not.
  • Information in this article applies to Apache OpenOffice 3.4.1. It may vary slightly or significantly with other versions or products.

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