2 questions: How can I recover a file with a ~$M name? How do I import a .docx file into LibreOffice Writer?

Asked by darcy s


I have a file that is corrupted. It has a ~$M in front of it's name. Any suggestions for fixing it so I can open it in LibreOffice Writer?

I also have a lot of documents that have a .docx extension. How can I open these with LivreOffice?

Thanks for your help,


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actionparsnip (andrew-woodhead666) said :

Docx should be openablein libreoffice, its not perfect but it'snot half bad. Docx is a proprietary format from Microsoft so the app is a best-effort.

As for the file with the $M I suggest you make a copy, rename it and see if it is openable as it stands.

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darcy s (fencergrrl) said :

Now, don't get upset Actionparsnip, but I wasn't quite accurate with my problem..... What is really happening is when I open LibreOffice and open a .docx file it will open. When I open my Home Folder and click on a .doc file LibreOffice will open, however, when I click on a .docx file another program, Archive Manager opens and I get the error message that says, "Could not open "File.docx". Archive type not supported. Is there a way to click on a .docx file and have the default program be LibreOffice?

Second question:

I renamed my file and tried to open it in LibreOffice. I get a box labeled "ASCII Filter Options" where I have to choose Character set, Default fonts and Language. Any choices I made would give me a document with 2 lines of unusual characters in it. Any suggestions?

Thanks for your help.

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Best Tony Pursell (ajpursell) said :

In answer to your first question, right click on the .docx file and select Properties... Then select the Open With tab and make sure LibreOffice is set as the default.

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darcy s (fencergrrl) said :

Thanks Tony Pursell, that solved my question.