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Andrew Douglas Pitonyak <andrew <at>> writes:

On 07/13/2011 03:15 PM, Sandy Miller wrote:
I have LibreOffice documents (written in 3.2/3.3) with extensive field
cross-referencing to numbers of tables, numbered paragraphs, numbered
sections and chapters, etc. Conversion to Word often messes those up
so I wanted to change them all to text. Now, in Word one could just
highlight the whole text, press CTRL+SHIFT+F9, and be done with it. In
LibreOffice, the help says, I have to convert every field into
unformatted text with Paste Special ... Whoever  programmed this has
got to be kidding me? Am I really supposed to go through a document
one field at a time and update every one on its own, plus I have to
figure out the right order because if I do that from the beginning of
the doc, changing one changes the numbering of everything etc. after
it ... Is there srsly no better way? Any pointers or changes in
LibreOffice would be much appreciated!
Historically, I have used macros for such things (I know, horrid 
answer). You can also select the text containing the reference, copy it 
to the clipboard, then paste it as text (I know, yet another horrid 
answer). but... so far, I do not see that anyone has answered

Andrew, your contribution is worldwide much appreciated, everyone should be 
aware of. Nevertheless, using macros limits the range of users who can use
certain functions in LibreOffice. While programmers get wings, unexperienced
users may not be able to make use of the macros even if great samples 
as yours are available. 

I think a clear statement about lack of certain functions would help people
get happier with LibreOffice. It is still much better to avoid expecting
some functions and putting much effort in developing a document, then dropping
it all at a certain point when it becomes clear that a bottleneck is reached.

Perhaps a list of such statements would also help developers get oriented and
prioritized. If there is a list of nice-to-have or we-got-used-to features
momentarily not implemented in LibO, please share that. 

I fell in the same cage: developed a nice doc using 40 clever document fields. 
Now I can't use this document on the purpose I intended to, because I can't
convert fields to text. Lost 2 weeks of work.

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