I have a file that I can't reopen because MMa was "Not Responding" and I had to shut it down.

I found links online to this: http://support.wolfram.com/kb/12423

I executed those two instructions in a new notebook, but no "NotebookRestore dialogue" appeared, whatever that is.

What am I missing here?

  • $\begingroup$ mathematica.stackexchange.com/search?q=[notebooks]+corrupted $\endgroup$ – Dr. belisarius Sep 2 '15 at 7:27
  • $\begingroup$ @belisarius Not one useful answer in any of that. I tried Daniel W's CleanNotebookOpen[] program, but the Import[] failed because of the corruption. $\endgroup$ – Jerry Guern Sep 2 '15 at 8:02
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    $\begingroup$ I'd use a simple ASCII editor to open the file and see whether it would be possible to salvage complete cells from it and perhaps try to close unclosed (because of missing closing brackets) function code. $\endgroup$ – Sjoerd C. de Vries Sep 2 '15 at 8:43
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    $\begingroup$ Can you try the following, but with a copy of your corrupted file: Needs["AuthorTools`"]; NotebookRestore[] $\endgroup$ – user9660 Sep 2 '15 at 9:11
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    $\begingroup$ @Jerry Guern, I like your your choice of words. $\endgroup$ – user9660 Sep 2 '15 at 13:08

You can try the following, but with a copy of your corrupted file:


which opens a new window.

N.B.: works on " for Mac OS X x86 (64-bit) (December 4, 2014)"

  • $\begingroup$ THAT WORKED! Thank you! $\endgroup$ – Jerry Guern Sep 2 '15 at 14:22
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    $\begingroup$ If you type Import<leftBracket><quote><space> a Browse icon will pop up, then if you click on your corrupt file, MMa will fill in the complete path to the file, which you can then cut-paste into the brackets in NotebookRestore[]. $\endgroup$ – Jerry Guern Sep 2 '15 at 14:28
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    $\begingroup$ @JerryGuern there's also the Insert>File path menu $\endgroup$ – Sjoerd C. de Vries Sep 3 '15 at 17:02
  • $\begingroup$ @SjoerdC.deVries I had a feeling that if I posted my clunky method someone would post something better. Thank you! $\endgroup$ – Jerry Guern Sep 3 '15 at 17:17
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    $\begingroup$ link to this on the support site support.wolfram.com/kb/12423. One does wonder why the front end doesn't just offer to do this automatically. $\endgroup$ – george2079 Aug 26 '16 at 14:03

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