I am having a problem replicating this issue with 3.5.6 64-bit DEB
install on Ubuntu 10.04.
I type '123 and get 123.
Well if I type '123+234 I get the quote.
I do have the problem with finding "Custom Quotes" as an option. There
a "Localize Options" that show options for quotes though.
On 09/15/2012 05:35 AM, Brian Barker wrote:
At 10:02 15/09/2012 +0100, Leon Stringer wrote:
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.
I'm surprised you say "Now": this behaviour was certainly the case in
OpenOffice, before LibreOffice existed. At least, that was my
experience on Windows XP.
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
The selection of the apostrophe type affects both Calc and Writer.
But there's no such option (there's Tools > AutoCorrect Options...).
Yes: at Tools | AutoCorrect Options... | Custom Quotes | Single
quotes, you can remove the tick from Replace in order to suppress this
I'm alarmed that a way of working that has been common in spreadsheet
programs for a very long time has been changed ...
It doesn't appear to me that it has.
... but, does anyone know how number should now be entered as text in
Yes. You can switch off the AutoCorrect behaviour as above (and
easily switch it on again after a particular period of data entry if
But there is another workaround which may be more convenient,
especially if you normally choose to rely on the AutoCorrect behaviour
with quote marks. Calc sees the typing of the quote mark and the
subsequent automatic correction as two separate actions, so you can
achieve what you need by undoing the second action and leaving just
the first. Immediately after you type the quote mark (and see the
correction), go to Edit | Undo - or, more easily, press Ctrl+Z - and
you will see the quote mark changed back to a straight quote. Then
enter your number.
I trust this helps.
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