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Hi Brian,

Thanks again for your help.

On Fri, 13 Sep 2013 19:33:48 +0100
Brian Barker <> wrote:

At 20:09 13/09/2013 +0200, Paul Steyn wrote:
There still seems to be a bug in in that entering a formula 
into a cell formatted as text gives you a blank cell until you make 
a change to the spreadsheet (add a column, change the cell format, 
something like that), and then like magic the formula value suddenly 
appears in the cell.

Is this just a display problem?  What happens, for example, if you 
minimise and then restore the Calc window: does that do anything?
Yep, just a display problem. Minimising and restoring Calc makes it
show up.

I see that preceding formulae with "'" makes the "'" appear in the 
cell, irrespective of the cell format. Seems this is no longer a 
text mark character. I'm sure it used to be, or is in Excel, as I've 
used it before.

Surely it still works?  There are a couple of points that may be 
confusing you here.

o If you have custom ("smart") quotes set in your AutoCorrect 
options, the apostrophe you type will be converted into an open 
single quote and will not fulfil its intended function.  To correct 
this, either disable custom quotes or - more easily - just go to Edit 
| Undo (or Ctrl+Z) immediately after typing the apostrophe: this will 
undo the autocorrection to leave the intended apostrophe.
Hitting ctrl-z right after entering it doesn't change it, it removes
all the typing. The menu item has "Undo: Input", so it doesn't look
like an autocorrect is happening. I don't actually know where to set
this smart quotes you speak of. I had a look under AutoCorrect Options,
but nothing obvious leapt out at me. The Localized Options tab has
check boxes to replace single and double quotes, but the double quotes
one is ticked and the single quotes one is unticked for me.

Of course, when I try it with 0.00, it works. Entering 0.00 on its own
changes the value to just 0 (both in the cell and in the input line),
but entering '0.00 shows 0.00 in the cell ('0.00 is kept in the input
line). So it appears to be the way to enter numbers as text, but
doesn't perform the same function for formulae. Strange.



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