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On Sun, 17 Nov 2013 19:57:10 -0700
Oogie McGuire <> wrote:

On Nov 17, 2013, at 4:41 PM, Paul <> wrote:

Or if I know they are text (but there is ABSOLUTELY NO WAY TO SEE
How would you see it in Excel? I recall the display in Excel being
the same as in LO. The only difference between digits that are text
and digits that are numbers is in the justification.
In Excel you can look at the formatting and if the formatting is as
text you can change it and the numbers are now considered numbers not
text. You do have to look at the cell format but once you do it's
obvious as either text or numbers. 
Well in LO you can't change the data type just by changing the
formatting, but you should be able to see it! If you go to the format
of a cell, and the format is text, then the values in the cell are
text, but if the format is number, then the values are either numbers,
or text, in which case they will be preceeded by an apostrophe in the
input line. Although you say this isn't the case for you, this is how
it *should* work.

All the discussions about the leading apostrophe are great but I
still can't see it in LO nor can I remove it.
Cell by cell you can remove it, which is just the same as I remember
Excel working. You can see it, and remove it, in the input line per
cell. You can't see it in the actual cells, but you can't in Excel
either, as I recall.
Actually you can't see it in LO at all, in the input line or
anywhere. At least not on my machine, a mac. I've just re-verified
this for the umptenth time. I'm attaching a bit of a screen grab that
shows the input line in LO of a file where the cell I am looking at
is actually text. No apostrophe showing at all, no obvious way to
tell the thing is actually text and no way to change it easily.
As far as I can see from your screengrab, the number is left-aligned,
meaning it is text. In that case it won't show an apostrophe, because
the value is text in a cell formatted as text. It only shows an
apostrophe if the value is text in a cell formatted as a number,
because there is no need to mark text as text if it is in a cell
formatted as text. This is (as I recall from some years ago) the same
as Excel, I think.

I wasn't able to get the text to columns to work on my spreadsheets
so gave up on it. I haven't tried it again to see if it works. I'm
also trying to get the extension mentioned a while back installed and
running too. 
I haven't used that extension personaly, so I can't talk about that, but
the "Text to Columns" really should work. For me, I just select some
cells that have values that are text, but I want as numbers, then I
select "Text to Columns" from the "Data" menu, and click "Ok" in the
dialog that pops up. No need to do anything more.

Note that the selected cells have to be in a continuous range in a
single column. Also, for reference, my dialog settings are as follows:

Separator options:
  Separated by:
    Text delimiter: "

Nothing else selected.

I really hope this works for you. If not, let us know what is going
wrong, and we'll see if we can't get it working.

Perhaps seeing the screen grab will explain, there is no feedback to
the user at all on the data type in LO.
You mean apart from the justification?
Are you sure the apostrophe is not showing when you have a text data
value in a cell formatted as a number?
And apart from these two indicators, what other indicators does Excel
have (other than the fact that if you examine the format (in your
version) it tells you what the data type is)?

The source for most of my files that I have to add is from an SQLite
Database. The fields that are in the table are defined to be of type
either real or integer (depends on the characteristic I am looking
at) in SQLite. Once I get the proper query done in the database I
save the results as a .CSV file, move the file from the machine that
is doing the field sheep evaluations to my main desktop mac where I
have my main spreadsheep. I bring up the .CSV file and the main sheep
spreadsheet file up at the same time and cut and paste as required. I
can't replace whole columns, my subset from the database often does
not include data for all sheep but only for those individuals who got
evaluated that particular day. My spreadsheet file has one row per
sheep and then hundreds of data points for that specific animal in
the columns. Since often groups of sheep get the same thing done on
the same date I may have many individuals with data related to a
specific item like a vaccine or a wormer. 
If you can do "Text to Columns" on the .csv file before copying the
data over, it would save you a lot of trouble, I think. We really need
to get that working for you.

On Mon, 18 Nov 2013 03:19:17 +0000
Brian Barker <> wrote:

In any case, just go to View | Value 
Highlighting (or Ctrl+F8).  Text values will show in black and 
numbers (and related quantities, e.g. currency and dates) in 
blue.  These colours show despite existing text colour choices or 
formatting choices such as negative currency values.  You can use 
this temporarily whilst you are massaging your values and return to 
normal view afterwards.
Thanks Brian! I haven't seen this before, and it's really useful.

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