Hey all,

Thanks for the assistance. I made the discovery that the .odt file that I was 
working with, sadly, is completely toast. Essentially, I was using 7-Zip to 
unzip it but was getting an error back saying “This is not an Index”. I was 
confused by this because I’ve always thought of .odt/.doc files as single files 
and not as .zip archives. I performed the same function on a working .odt file 
and had all of the various contents of the file appear (including the 

Overall though, thanks for the help to those who helped. All of the replies 
helped me single down my issue, considering that even in my “basic technical 
skills” I’ve always been taught that .odt/.doc files were single files and not 
.zip archives. 


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From: Martin Groenescheij
Sent: Thursday, February 22, 2018 5:53 PM
To: users@openoffice.apache.org
Cc: jordandavidwrig...@gmail.com
Subject: Re: Struggling to Understand Official OpenOffice Guide

On 23/02/18 9:49 AM, Jordan Wright wrote:
To Whom It May Concern,

I was needing some assistance with understanding the computer language present 
in the guide for recovering damaged OpenOffice files from the official guide 
that is accessible through the link below:

Well I assume you have the qualifications as mentioned in the 
• The steps outlined assume the user has some basic technical skills.

What I am struggling to understand is what step 6 is referring to when it talks 
about “contents.xml” and how I may go about retrieving it.

If you are at Step 6 I assume you remember what you have done at Step 3
• Replace the contents.xml file in the directory created in Step 5 with the 
contents.xml from the damaged file unpacked in Step 3.
Well you should look in the directory you have created in Step where the 
unzipped files are as explained in Step 3

  Also, am I correct to assume that the “directory” in Step 2 can be as simple 
as creating a folder on a desktop?

This terminology is part of the basic technical skills you need to have before 
you start.
With a simple search on Google you find this web page.

 Overall, a lot of the computer lingo in the guide are terms I am not familiar 

Overall, I would like to request being walked through the guide if it is 
possible and convenient enough to do so. I have already tried perusing the Help 
Forum and it doesn’t appear there is any clarification there on either issues.

Jordan Wright

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