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Am 14.09.2012 17:44, Richard Quadling wrote:

The file arrive on the network automatically, I just want to open one when
I need to, edit it and save it. Other apps deal with the files changing.

And what prevents you from doing so? What's wrong with Writer or any other text editor? Even if you manage to load the text file into the calculator component, you will find out that it does not do what you want it to do. It is the exact same issue as in the last csv topic ("Date will not format or sort when imported into calc (ods)"). Base is the most convenient solution to deal with huge collections of similarly structured text tables. Instead of File>Open... Type: Text(*.csv), import dialog ... and ending up with unformatted raw data in a completely useless stand-alone sheet, you can hit F4 and drag the tsv/csv/abc/xyz data into your sheet template which resembles the number formats you want to export after editing. In addition your template may include all the bells and whistles of a spreadsheet (formulas, conditional formattings, charts).

F4, 2 clicks and a drag&drop. That's all it takes.

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