OpenOffice Problematic Pop-Up on Mac

OpenOffice Problem Dialogue

It is slightly concerning to me that although I am using the latest version of OpenOffice (version 4.0.1), today I am still facing the same issue that has existed in OpenOffice since early 2012.

While attempting to launch OpenOffice after an unexpected crash, a dialogue would appear with the following message:

The last time you opened OpenOffice, it unexpectedly quit while reopening windows. Do you want to try to reopen its windows again?
If you choose not to reopen windows, you may have to open and position the windows yourself.

The options provided were ‘Don’t Reopen’ and ‘Reopen’, however neither option had any impact on the program, and the dialogue persisted, even after force-quitting the program.

While I don’t know the specifics of why others have come up with the similar issue that I had, my problem came about as a result of attempting to open a .docx created by a recent version of Microsoft Office, which caused the program to crash in protest. To date, neither OpenOffice or LibreOffice are able to handle .docx formats well, however LibreOffice manages them slightly better as well as providing the option to save to it.

Delete OpenOffice saved state with Finder

There is, however, a solution to this unique problem. Simply go to your finder, select the Go menu, and the ‘Go to Folder…’ option and type the following:

/Users/<username>/Library/Saved Application State

Delete the “org.openoffice.script.savedState”, and OpenOffice will work as normal again, although it may not recover any work you had there previously, unfortunately, if you had not saved before.

While using OpenOffice Impress lately though, I’ve also been having OpenOffice crash whenever I try to undo too many options. The program will freeze for a couple of minutes then crash and close. Reopening it does not recover any unsaved work, unfortunately. Can someone explain that?