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In the past you would prefix numbers with a single quote to get them
treated as text in Calc (and other spreadsheets), i.e. you'd type '123
and see 123 in the cell with the contents left-aligned (in Western LTR
languages at least).

Now auto-correct appears to be changing the single quote to a left
single quote so it appears in the cell, i.e. you see ‘123 in the cell.

In Getting Started with LibreOffice 3.5 it says:
  If “smart quotes” are used for apostrophes, the apostrophe remains
visible in the cell.
  To choose the type of apostrophe, use Tools > AutoCorrect > Custom Quotes.
  The selection of the apostrophe type affects both Calc and Writer.

But there's no such option (there's Tools > AutoCorrect Options...).

I'm alarmed that a way of working that has been common in spreadsheet
programs for a very long time has been changed but, does anyone know
how number should now be entered as text in Calc?

LO 3.6.1 on Win 7.



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