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LibreOffice always starts with the recovery process for me now. It has a number of 'documents to recover' for which recovery fails. I have no need for these documents anymore. How to tell LibreOffice to give up?

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Great! I tried to recreate this issue and now I can't remove the failed recovery screen.

The way to fix it is to hit cancel on the recovery screen, instead of trying (and failing) the recovery (source). Works for me.

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God what a horrible UI for this. Thanks for the response. –  a coder Jun 11 '14 at 14:15

Have a look at: http://ask.libreoffice.org/en/question/6376/message-recovery-failed/

It's worked for me on Ubuntu 12.04, LibreOffice

Summary of URL: press 'cancel' or delete the contents of

<item oor:path="/org.openoffice.Office.Recovery/RecoveryList"> (ends with </item>)

from registrymodifications.xcu.

However this appears to only be a one-shot solution - it won't turn recovery off for future files.

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It will nice if you included resumed instructions here and point to that reference with a link . –  Sneetsher Feb 7 '14 at 16:52

Pressing Esc when the recovery notice shows up gives you the option to cancel the recovery. Then click cancel. This worked for me. See https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/libreoffice/+question/167956 answer #2. Don't know about answer #6. In the past this didn't work for me, so I didn't try it this time.

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A better solution, without messing with any configuration, set-up or so, is to write again a file with the same name in the same place.

  1. Open LibreOffice Writer (or Calc or any LO program) normally and cancel the recovery process. The program should open with a "No title" document.

  2. Write anything in the new document and save it with the exact name of the file LO is asking you to recover. If you have more than one, you have to recreate each and everyone. The name(s) has(have) to be EXACTLY the same, with the same format and in the same folder and disk.

  3. Open the fake file(s) and the problem should be fixed.

It worked for me and now I don't have the recovery window as a welcome!!!

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This problem seems to appear in Ubuntu 12.04.

Of course you can cancel the recovery process but that's not a solution because you will have to do it every time you start LibreOffice, even after having closed all documents properly after the last session.

The bug is caused by the package lo-menubar that offers HUD functionality for LibreOffice.

So the real solution of the problem is sudo apt-get remove lo-menubar.

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Hitting cancel as @psny18 suggests, works for me. –  Jasper van den Bosch Feb 12 '13 at 10:44
I have this problem on Ubuntu, and I don't even have lo-menubar installed. –  jplindstrom Dec 19 '13 at 12:20

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