Saturday, 17 March 2012

OpenOffice, LibreOffice, NeoOffice, etc. Won't Restore Windows

I think many people have had this problem, and I've found a solution (thanks to forum-type people).

A few months ago, OpenOffice, upon opening, would prompt me to restore or not restore windows. However, clicking either of the buttons would just reset the window to its default state without doing anything. And the only way to quit was with force quit.

So I got LibreOffice, a piece of software almost identical to OpenOffice, but, well, Libre.

It worked pretty well for a few months, but at some point it prompted me with the same error message.
At this point, I had a few options: I could get another word processor, I could try to fix it myself, or just not have access to any of my files. I have Pages, it's a great word processor, but it can't open .odt format, so I still wouldn't be able to open any of my files.

The first option was to get NeoOffice (yet another word processor). On its site, the latest version, supposedly "free", has to be paid for. Well, they say that you have to become a "NeoOffice Donor". Basically, they want you to give them money.

The next option was to fix it myself. I fished around for a few options, and I found one. It told me to go to:

Users/Library/Saved Application State

And delete the file:


Unfortunately, the folder "Library" didn't seem to exist inside "Users", so I kind of gave up on that.

So that took me back to option one. But Pages still doesn't support .odt format. So I searched for a solution again, and found one that works. I've compiled the solution into some easy to follow images, in case you have no idea what I'm talking about, and all you're trying to do is make a word document-
Also, I didn't have anything better to do. Anyway, here it is:

In Finder, open the "Go" menu.
Hold down option, and while doing so, click on Library, which just appeared.
Now, go to Library-Saved Application State-org.openoffice.script.savedState (if you're using libreoffice or neooffice, it will say that instead)
Move that entire folder to the trash, then empty it. Do you like my desktop picture?

Yes, it's supposed to say Blue Square - "K". Go away.


  1. worked thanks!!! James

  2. OMGOSH! THANK YOU! You just saved me! Thank you so much!

  3. Thanks!!!!!!! Much appreciate your help. I had read elsewhere to go to the library but then within the library I couldn't find the right file. You have saved me, on a deadline and I couldn't get anything done.

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