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Apologies all for tardiness in replying

I eventually went with the Data > Validity suggestion triggered from a ? 
Symbol next to the relevant cell

And I knew about the date layout bit - honest I did :)

Thanks for the help


:-) ->--------------------<

On 09/09/2012 12:39, Brian Barker [via Document Foundation Mail Archive] 
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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