Ubuntu 8.04 and OpenOffice2: can’t edit Word documents with TOC

Hm, I was so happy about the easy Ubuntu installation, but slowly I’m getting fairly annoyed with bugs. Yesterday I fixed the Eclipse installation with a separate start script and today it is OpenOffice that let’s me down. I send myself a word document from work that has been edited in OpenOffice but saved in word format for compatibility reasons. And now I can’t work on it anymore, as OpenOffice 2.4 Content write protection under Ubunut 8.04even when in edit mode and content write protection disabled I can’t edit it.

Lucky I thought I was as there is a bug report filed already that gives you workarounds. The issue is related to Word documents with Table of Contents in Openoffice under Ubuntu ‘Hardy’ 8.04. For me the deletion of the Table of Contents had no effect at all, but un-ticking the ‘Protect against manual changes’ option in the first tab of the index editing window did it. Unticked it, saved it, closed it and opened it again – works!

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