Bug 63496 - Comments in .doc files lose their highlights when a document is saved, closed and then re-opened.
Summary: Comments in .doc files lose their highlights when a document is saved, closed...
Status: RESOLVED DUPLICATE of bug 59530
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Writer (show other bugs)
(earliest affected) release
Hardware: All Linux (All)
: medium major
Assignee: Not Assigned
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Reported: 2013-04-13 11:34 UTC by Sam L
Modified: 2014-01-03 13:08 UTC (History)
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Description Sam L 2013-04-13 11:34:11 UTC
Problem: A new feature added to LibreOffice is the ability to highlight words or sentences and attaching a comment to them versus simply having the commented area pointed out with an arrow. This works until the .doc document is saved, closed and re-opened. When that happens the comments revert back to how they previously were, that is, just being underlined not highlighted. 

Steps to reproduce: 

1. Create a  new document, type some text. 

2. Highlight the text and insert a comment. The text will be highlighted and your comment will appear in the page margin with an arrow point out the comment. 

3. Save the document as a .doc file and close LibreOffice Writer. 

4. Re-open the .doc file. 

5. The comment remains but it is no longer highlighted.
Comment 1 Joel Madero 2013-04-13 17:50:31 UTC
Thank you for reporting this issue! I have been able to confirm the issue on:
Platform: Bodhi Linux 2.2 x64
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As I've been able to confirm this problem on an earlier release I am changing the version number as version is the earliest version that we can confirm the bug, we use comments to say that the bug exists in newer versions as well.

Marking as:

New (confirmed)
Normal - while this is technically a loss of data, it's quite minor as the comment placement still shows near the word, just doesn't highlight the entire section.

Medium - default, seems appropriate

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Comment 2 Colest9267 2013-10-25 03:08:20 UTC
I can confirm that this issue is still in play in LibreOffice for Window 7 Home Premium 64-bit.

It makes editing documents for fellow students very difficult as all context on what the comment applied to is gone.
Comment 3 Joel Madero 2013-10-25 14:24:02 UTC
Bumping this to a major bug as it is a loss of data - before I said it's minor, regardless though there is a loss of data, so major is appropriate. Leaving as medium though as it's still not a loss of data that will completely prevent high quality work. Also other formats are available (specifically our native format which we highly recommend using) that will save the highlight with no problem
Comment 4 Hutchinman 2013-11-07 04:32:55 UTC
Except that Microsoft Office seems to have issues with .odt and MS Office is far more prevalent than LibreOffice. Using .odt is not a solution.
Comment 5 Tamás Zolnai 2014-01-03 13:08:55 UTC

*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of bug 59530 ***