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On 08/11/2014 08:33 PM, Brian Barker wrote:
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.

Well, I have an update on this issue.   You were 100% correct about an
image covering the cells.  Apparently, my dad used a copy/paste function
to update the spreadsheet and pasted data as a bitmap.   So, I was able
to guide him through simply deleting the image and his data is editable
as expected.




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