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Re: mathematica 6 saves notebook to an "empy" file

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  • Subject: [mg117075] Re: mathematica 6 saves notebook to an "empy" file
  • From: John Fultz <jfultz at>
  • Date: Wed, 9 Mar 2011 06:58:45 -0500 (EST)

I wonder if you might have fouled the global setting for the 
PrivateNotebookOptions->{"FileContents"} option.  You can look at this in the 
Option Inspector (under the "Notebook Options" category).  Set the scope to 
global, and if this option has an 'x' next to it, then click the 'x' to restore 
it to its default value.

Another possibility would be to press Ctrl+Shift upon startup, which will 
clean-start Mathematica, removing all of its global settings...of which, the 
aforementioned option is one such setting.


John Fultz
jfultz at
User Interface Group
Wolfram Research, Inc.

On Tue, 8 Mar 2011 05:37:50 -0500 (EST), BEKKER Chera wrote:
> Dear Mathgroup
> Recently I have encountered a very nasty problem with Mathematica 6.0.
> When I create a notebook  and save this to a .nb file the resulting file
> is always 195 bytes large and only contains the following text
> (* Content-type: application/mathematica *)
> (*** Wolfram Notebook File ***)
> (* *)
> (* CreatedBy='Mathematica 6.0' *)
> (* End of internal cache information *)
> No matter what was in the notebook. This means that effectively I cannot
> save my work anymore. As a work around I save my notebooks as a package
> file (*.m) and then copy it back into a notebook to work with.
> One of the things that changed on my laptop is a switch from office 2000
> to office 2010.
> I hope somebody knows how to fix this.
> Best Regards
> Chera Bekker
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