Bug 54398 - FILESAVE: DOC files created in LO lose drawings (anchored as character probably - and grouped?) after field update in MS Word 2007
Summary: FILESAVE: DOC files created in LO lose drawings (anchored as character probab...
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Writer (show other bugs)
(earliest affected)
Inherited From OOo
Hardware: All All
: high major
Assignee: Not Assigned
Keywords: filter:doc
Depends on:
Blocks: DOC-Objects
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Reported: 2012-09-02 18:00 UTC by V.K.
Modified: 2017-10-31 12:50 UTC (History)
7 users (show)

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Sample .DOC file (17.50 KB, application/msword)
2012-09-02 18:00 UTC, V.K.

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Description V.K. 2012-09-02 18:00:53 UTC
Created attachment 66500 [details]
Sample .DOC file

DOC files created in LO lose drawings after field update in MS Word 2007, when drawings are anchored "as character".

Steps to reproduce:
1. In LibreOffice add some drawings to document. Group them and set anchor "as character".
2. Save as .doc MSWord 2003.
3. Open in MS Word 2007. 
4. Press Ctrl+A to select all and then F9 to refresh all fields. Drawings disappear. 

I suspect that the problem is in the anchor as character. The change of drawing position from "inside text" to something different and back in Word 2007 fixes the problem. Drawings with other anchors are not influenced.

MS Word 2007 Home and Student (trial).
Windows 7 SP1
Comment 1 sasha.libreoffice 2012-11-12 05:55:32 UTC
Thanks for bugreport
[reproduced] in 3.6.3 on RFR 17 64 bit with self-created document using original description. Produced DOC file behaves as described in msWord 2003 and 2007. 
[reproduced] in 3.4.2 on Windows XP 32 bit
Comment 2 tommy27 2013-08-02 11:36:31 UTC
unfortunaly I have no MS Word to test...
does anybody still reproduce this issue with recent LibO 4.0.4 and 4.1.0 releases?
Comment 3 sasha.libreoffice 2013-08-05 06:25:54 UTC
in 4.1.0 problem remains
Comment 4 tommy27 2013-08-05 07:12:43 UTC
ok. issue is still confirmed. moving from mab3.6 to mab4.0 since 3.6.x is no longer supported.
Comment 5 Björn Michaelsen 2014-01-17 09:58:29 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 6 Stéphane Guillou (stragu) 2014-02-12 08:21:33 UTC
Moving to mab4.1 (Bug 60270) because:
- 4.0 reached EOL (End Of Life)
- bug confirmed in later version
Comment 7 tommy27 2014-05-13 04:42:17 UTC
is this bug still valid in current release?
if yes, please move it from mab4.1 to mab 4.2 list since 4.1.x is EOL
Comment 8 Joel Madero 2014-05-23 02:11:54 UTC
Additional findings: 

Only happens with .doc (not docx)
Only happens with anchor -> as character (none of the other 3 choices)

Existed at branch point so this was inherited from OOo (version updated)

Moving to mab4.2 as I see this being a potential problem with loss of data, also setting to major as there is loss of data.
Comment 9 tommy27 2014-11-29 17:48:54 UTC
please retest with 4.3.x or 4.4.x versions and tell if issue persists.
I have to MS Word to test it personally
Comment 10 Joel Madero 2014-12-15 04:00:27 UTC
Ubuntu 14.04 x64
LibreOffice release
Microsoft Office 2010

I can confirm that the issue still exists but am taking it off of MAB. Reasoning below:

Despite the issue being present since OOo days (thus not introduced by LibreOffice and not a regression) there appears to be a single user who has reported it and is affected by it. It requires a specific set of steps that is not affecting a lot of users.

That being said, still boosting to Major as there is loss of data.
Comment 11 QA Administrators 2015-12-20 16:05:30 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 12 Xisco Faulí 2017-10-31 12:50:22 UTC
No longer reproducible in

Build ID: 60a03d97bc35c02cb1eff0e4a02b6f37fd1a6a34
CPU threads: 4; OS: Linux 4.10; UI render: default; VCL: gtk3; 
Locale: ca-ES (ca_ES.UTF-8); Calc: group


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