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At 19:34 11/08/2014 -0700, Tom Williams wrote:
My dad is a long time OpenOffice user and today he called me about a problem he's having with one of his spreadsheets. Apparently, he hides rows to reduce the amount of information he sees when he's looking at the spreadsheet. Today, he needed to change a cell in one of the hidden rows. When he tried to make a change, he showed the row but wasn't able to change a cell because something prevented him from making changes. When he showed the hidden row, he saw an icon for an anchor and green squares along the perimeter of the selection of the now shown rows.

He sent the spreadsheet to me and when I open it in LibreOffice Calc, on Linux, I see the same behavior he describes. From what I can tell, it looks like Calc converts the hidden row into an image or graphic of some kind such that when he tries to change it, he can't because those rows are now part of an image/graphic or "object" that's embedded in the file.

I doubt very much that Calc has converted values to a picture of those values. But yes: you very probably do have a graphic or other object in or covering the relevant cells. If you need to modify a cell which appears inaccessible because of an overlaid graphic, there are a number of ways to do this.

o You can type the cell reference into the Name Box and then edit the contents in the Input Line.

o You can (temporarily?) suppress display of the graphic at Tools | Options... | LibreOffice Calc | View | Objects | Objects/Graphics.

o Most easily, you can send the graphic to the background using right-click | Arrange > | To Background. If you do this, you may want to bring it back to the front after you have completed the edit, but you will not be able to select it by simply clicking on it precisely because it is now in the background. One convenient way to select the graphic is to open the Navigator (go to View | Navigator or press F5) and double-click the name of the graphic. You can then use right-click | Arrange > | To Foreground to reset the position.

Of course, if you cannot see the graphic and are not missing anything, it may be that you don't want it and can merely delete it.

I trust this helps.

Brian Barker

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