i need help uninstalling open office. i've lost files

October 16, 2016 at 09:19:29
Specs: Windows 10
if i uninstall office, will my files be saved in another format? i need the files, mostly word files, but don't want to use open office

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October 16, 2016 at 09:23:08
Can you explain your situation/dilemma a little more clearly?

Why considering uninstalling Office?

You say you've lost files; how did that happen?

You have Office (presumably M$ Office) installed, are considering uninstalling it?

Where are your current Office (Word, Excel etc.) personal files stored?

What format are they stored in at present - docs or doc?

At this stage of events... do NOT instal anything new, nor if possible write data to the hard drive as is. The less you write to the drive the better your chances of recovering "lost files".

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October 16, 2016 at 09:31:05
i was writing in word without problems. my son switched me to open office. i find it clunky and don't want to spend time learning all the detail for just writing and not doing spreadsheets, etc.

Some combined key strokes cause me to lose files or spend time finding them.

docs are saved usually without problem in open office, i think the sufffix is ods.

But, somehow i've created another separate open office program and now i have to look in both for files. i tried to open an ods file and could not, so i converted it to a google chrome file and now all the word files are explorer files and i cannot open them without jumping through all kinds of hoops. i just want to write in these files and save them in a simple fashion. open office is not simple. can i just kill open office and go back to word or something simpler?

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October 16, 2016 at 13:27:42
What you are saying is most confusing. I can't make out what you have done from the explanation and have no idea what you mean by a Google Chrome file (the latter is a "browser", like Internet Explorer or Firefox). What do you mean by "explorer files"? How you managed to install two copies of open office beats me too - it should not be possible.

Uninstalling Open Office should not change your saved files. If you have Word (part of MS Office) still on there it should be possible to re-associate your documents to it if that doesn't happen automatically. If the need arises we should be able to help if you tell us the file extensions of the documents you wish to open with Word.

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October 16, 2016 at 13:57:47
thanks, sorry for my ignorant language.

preciate the attempt to help

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October 16, 2016 at 14:04:15
Make sure you have Word still on there then uninstall any Open Office versions from "Control Panel > Programs and Features". If your documents don't then open in Word come back and we can should be able to help.

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October 16, 2016 at 14:42:28
Can you actually find any of the files/documents?

If so simply right click on them and use open with Word option - as per the info here:


Then save them as word documents...

Similarly for Excel and other Office equivalents

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October 16, 2016 at 17:02:36
#6 is a better option than my #5. Yes indeed, check the operation of the files and get them working with WORD "before" removing anything - we can still help if necessary.

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October 16, 2016 at 17:39:52
Your files are not stored within Open Office or MS Word, they are saved wherever you put them; most likely in "Documents". Open Office Writer is very similar to Word. If you intend to go back to Word, open your .ODT files & re-save them in Word format (.DOC or .DOCX) by using "save as". Be sure to do this before uninstalling Open Office.


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