OpenOffice message "Restore window" got away

Restore Open Office window dialog

I just had to get a Windows Doc in .odt format again. When I opened OpenOffice, however, the message "When I tried to restore the program window, the program ended unexpectedly. Would you like to try again to restore the window? ". I had" Do not reopen "and" Reopen "as options. Unfortunately, every click remained without a reaction and the window would not go away. In the end, you get out of this Endless loop just get out with cmd-alt-esc and have to kill OpenOffice manually.

Restore Open Office window dialog

The dialog box for restoring the window and Open Office cannot be clicked away. The solution to this problem is explained here.

There seem to be different approaches to finding a solution. What has helped me, what has helped me, is this way:

First you have to get the Mac OS to see the hidden files. This works via these steps:

  • Open the "Terminal" program
  • copy the following line and paste it in the terminal:
    defaults write AppleShowAllFiles TRUE; killall Finder
  • Press enter

Now all the hidden files are visible and you follow these instructions:

  • if OpenOffice is still running, be sure to select "kill" with "quit immediately" after pressing Alt + cmd + esc or select "quit immediately" in the apple menu
  • now switch to the Finder
  • click on the "Go To" menu
  • Hold down the "Alt" or "Option" key and then click on the "Library" item
  • In the "Library" folder, look for this "Saved Application State" folder and open it
  • In this folder you look for the directory "org.openoffice.script.savedState" and delete it
  • Now you can restart OpenOffice and the "Restore window" should no longer appear

So that the invisible files are hidden again in the Finder, do the following:

  • Open the "Terminal" program
  • copy the following line and paste it in the terminal:
    defaults write AppleShowAllFiles FALSE; killall Finder
  • Press enter

I wish you all the best!





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  1. Thomas says:

    It worked for me too :-)

    Thank you, Thomas

  2. Very good guide! Thanks. :-)

  3. Jasmine says:

    Oh man, I've been looking for a solution for ages, it worked great. Thanks for this helpful guide!

  4. Georg says:

    Thank you for this helpful information :-)
    Since I'm a beginner at Apple, I couldn't do anything with the word go to the "terminal."
    and enter .... "start.
    I jumped over "Go to" then "Library", "saved Application state" and org.openoffice.script.saved state "with the delete function. It went wonderfully even without the" terminal ":-)
    Thanks again….

    • sir appleot says:

      Well, perfect! Then you've found a more straightforward way! :)
      Without a terminal, I usually prefer ...

  5. Jürgen says:

    Very good description, the first one that really got there, even if you don't know the operating system very well. Thank you, great help

  6. Hampy Pampy says:

    My salvation, have no idea of ​​such a thing. It was very simple, much easier than the help described in various forums!

  7. Schlumpf says:

    Oh man, thank you very much, it worked great, was almost about to drink Alc or something, thank you thank you

  8. Martin says:

    great - also worked with libre-office. thanks

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