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I have recently switched from OpenOffice to LibreOffice (version 3.5.0), and am having problems configuring it to handle dates in the same way.

These are the problems:

1. I want to maintain a CSV file containing dates in the format DD/MM/YY. When I read that file into OO, the columns containing those dates were automatically recognized as date columns, not text columns, and the dates were read correctly. Is there a way to configure LO to do the same?

For example, some typical lines at the top of the input file might look like


and the dates are March 2, 2012 on the first line, March 1, 2012 on the second.

2. I would also like the dates to be displayed in the same format within LO. Currently it thinks those lines are text, and displays them like that, but of course sorting fails. If I manually tell it that those are DMY dates when I read the file, they are displayed as YYYY-MM-DD format after reading. I can manually set the format to the user defined DD/MM/YY format, but it doesn't display that way in the data entry line, it displays as YYYY-MM-DD format.

3. If I manually enter a date into a cell, I would like the same thing to happen. Currently if I type 02/03/12 as data, it is converted to the date 2002-03-12.

4. If I write that CSV file back out to CSV, I would like it to maintain the same DD/MM/YY format.

I suspect all of this could be fixed if I could find some localization setting that says dates are by default formatted as DD/MM/YY on both input and output, but I can't find that setting. Is there such a thing?

Duncan Murdoch

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