I've been going around in circles on this issue for most of today without
finding the solution. The context:
I have several large data files provided in .csv format that need to
be edited and have column formats made explicit.
These files are recognized by LO/Calc as spreadsheets when I open
them and I change the field separator from a tab to a comma. They display
correctly in the spreadsheet.
I explicitly format text, integer, and floating point columns by
highlighting the column(s) and selecting Format -> Cells and selecting the
The problem comes when I save the explicitly-formatted file: the text
fields are quoted only when they have content, not when they are blank.
This, of course, prevents correctly reading the files into database tables
or R data frames. I have tried all sorts of kludges to force Calc to display
the .csv dialog box where I can tell it to quote all text fields, but those
cells without content are saved as ,, rather than ,'',.
What do I do so that blank cells in text-formatted columns are quoted in
the saved (or saved-as) .csv file?
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