lost folder

Asked by phoenix red

I am trying to retieve a word document in writer.org that Ican't find.It's filed as Blue Bird. I hit the "save" button but it didn't save, I suppose. I recently stated usin linux. I was using Windows xp before. The open office .org seems to emulate the xp program , so why does it not respond to commands? Also, when I click on "Format" on the tool bar to try to change double space lines nothing opens. The whole "Format " section is grey. I'm a writer. I spent all day to write 5 brilliant pages---and now they're somewhere in cyber space taunting me. There were 2 Blue Bird folders open , and I saved one, but the other will not come back. Now I know how Little Bo Peep felt when she lost her sheep.Hep me, hep me, Mr. Bill!

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Dennis Kaarsemaker (dennis) said :
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Hi,

Could you please enter the following command in a terminal (applications
-> accessories -> terminal):

find ~ -iname '*blue*'

That should locate any files with blue or Blue in the name. Please post
the output here.

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phoenix red (jesskey) said :
#2

I followed your directions. However, when I had typed it in and it was on the screen and looked right I waited for it to do something and it didn't. Is there a command button to activate it somewhere?

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Dennis Kaarsemaker (dennis) said :
#3

You have to hit enter to execute the command :)

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phoenix red (jesskey) said :
#4

Tried that, but all it did is type more gibberish at me. (re: bash: home/jesse is a directory) What the what is that?

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Dennis Kaarsemaker (dennis) said :
#5

You probably forgot the word find. Type it exactly like this:

find ~ -iname 'blue'

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phoenix red (jesskey) said :
#6

That opened a laudry list of files. However, it told me there was no file named 'BLUE." i TIED TO OPEN SOME OF THE OTHER FILES JUST TO SEE WHAT THEY LOOKED LIKE. I highlighted them and hit Enter but nothing happened. Maybe I'll go back to pen and paper.Or maybe suicide.

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Stu Hood (stuhood) said :
#7

This might be a little more user-friendly for you:
1. Click "Places->Search for Files..."
2. Type either "blue" or "bird" (without the quotes) into the search box
3. Hit search

This should search your home directory for files which have blue or bird in the name. If your file still exists, it should show up in the list after a few seconds, or you can just double click a few of them to see if you recognize the one you were working on.

Good luck... I know how bad it feels to lose work.

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phoenix red (jesskey) said :
#8

          Thank you stuhood. That certainly was a much easier seach method. My file, unfortunately, was not there. Ah well, I guess I'll simply make up some more lightning in a bottle. After all, that should be easy for an inspired genius such as I.I have another problem that perhaps you may know how to solve. The drop down bar underneath the tool bar in the writer.org program that is supposed to have the Underline, italics, and bold function has disappeared. How do i get it back? Also, How do I change my line spacing from 1 to 2?
Thanks for your help.

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Stu Hood (stuhood) said :
#9

The toolbar with Underline, Italics, etc is called the "Formatting" toolbar. You can turn it on by making sure "View->Toolbars->Formatting" is checked. (If the toolbar is still not showing, you might be trying to edit a Read-Only file)

To change the line spacing:
1. Select the entire block of text you want to change the spacing of (or hit ctrl-a to select the whole file)
2. Right click the text and select "Paragraph..."
3. Check that you are in the "Idents and Spacing Tab"
4. Change the "Line Spacing" dropdown box to Double.

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Stu Hood (stuhood) said :
#10

PS. Make sure you save EVERYTHING inside your Home directory (you can store things in folders inside it for organization's sake). With a normal Ubuntu setup, this is the only place a user has permission to write... and so if you try to write anywhere else, the file will probably not get saved. This might have been your issue before?

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phoenix red (jesskey) said :
#11

       Yes, that did the trick. I think you're also correct...concerning how I lost the file originally. Thanks for your help stuhood. May the sun shine always on your shoulder.

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