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At 03:19 09/09/2012 -0700, Graham Lovatt wrote:
Calc: How do i (can i) place in a cell a message - that isn't part of the active spreadsheet? I want to tell the user the data type they should be entering as 'date type 01/01/2012' and that the message will disappears as the user starts typing

Easy: just put that text into the cell! The nature of spreadsheets is that anything you type into a cell replaces what is already in it. Your user will overwrite the message with the actual data.

Alternatively, you could insert a note in the relevant cell (Insert | Note or right-click | Insert Note). The user would need to understand the note indicator and know how to hover over it to see your advice - or you could choose Show Note if you want the note to be permanently visible.

Incidentally, your example date of 01/01/2012 is uniquely unhelpful, since it could represent either month-day-year or day-month-year! You probably need something like 31/12/2012 or 12/31/2012. Mind you, the exact format of entry may not matter, as the spreadsheet will interpret the input according to the locale and display it according to the formatting of the cell.

I trust this helps.

Brian Barker

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