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Am 24.01.2012 15:17, Tom Davies wrote:
Hi :)
I think for data-entry it is best to enter the date as

If you want to enter dates of the current month (January 2012 at the time of this writing) then you simply enter

This will enter the *correct cell values* _unless_ the cells had been formatted as text *before* entry.
If there are some February dates:
except for the US locale where you type
Of course you can enter full dates with long or short month name, but why?

How exactly the correct cell values look like depends firstly on the locale setting, secondly on the number format. Once you entered the correct cell values, there are literally thousands of ways to change the appearance of these values (dozends of predefined formats for each locale plus user-defined formats). Once you entered the correct cell values, no formatting attribute will ever change your value, not even number format "Text" (which many users believe to be a magic conversion feature).

I'm in England so it feels a tad weird to type the day and month 'the wrong way around', lol.  I 
think it picks-up on whatever your global localisation is set at.  Mine is set to UK so i type 
Regards from

This global setting applies to all types of table cells (Writer, Calc, Base), Writer fields, Calc cell styles, form controls (Base), numeric chart axes and may be more. All of these elements have a cell format dialog where you can override the locale for the current element. You can change it for the current Calc document by changing the locale of the default cell style which propagates to all subsequent styles which do not have an explicit locale setting.

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