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On 11/15/13 4:11 PM, Paul wrote:
the behaviour is correct, and consistant with other
spreadsheet programs.
Sorry, no. The behavior may be correct, but it is not completely consistent with other spreadsheet programs. At least it is not completely consistent with how Excel implements this. In particular, I still am unable to simply paste special a cell containing the number 1 onto a cell (or range of cells) containing a text representation of a number and, using the multiply choice, have that cell's contents converted to a number from text. This is what is done widely among Excel users.

Granted the procedure is not intuitive, but it is widely known and used. You may argue that it is behavior that a spreadsheet should not allow and I could be persuaded to agree, however, Libreoffice's behavior here is not consistent with other spreadsheet programs in regard to this feature.

In my opinion, Libreoffice does not have to do everything the way Excel does it, but when it differs, we should be clear that it differs.

Lastly, this thread has been very valuable to me in that I now have several alternate methods of handling columns of numbers which are wrongly formatted as text. I deeply appreciate this resource.


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