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Hi :)
Changing the file-ending doesn't change the format of the data itself
within the file.

I tried editing the url address to replace csv with ods and a file did get
downloaded but it wasn't really an ods - just some sort of text file which
Calc correctly identified as being like a csv and gave me the usual options
(which Jim already covered).

It would be handy to go back to the web-page the file came from and try to
see if there are any other formats available.  One day people might even
start putting Ods files up so that everyone can read them.  At the moment
they seem to use XlsX too often (which no-one can read properly unless they
get lucky) and thus 'have to' provide a Pdf too, which is also difficult to
import or copy&paste from.  Some wiser places do provide files in the older
MS formats (so that's Xls without the X at the end) as the non-OOXML format
is easily read by everyone at the moment.

So, Jim, is it possible to give a link to the page that you downloaded the
file from?  Then we can try to see if there is a better format for
downloading.  My guess is that because it's Yahoo they are a bit clueless
about IT issues and don't give good formats.
Regards from
Tom :)

On 22 August 2014 06:24, Florian Reisinger <> wrote:

Can you please try to use the file name without the ".CSV" as table name?

Sorry I cannot provide more info now....

On 22. August 2014 02:35:58 MESZ, Jim Byrnes <>
On 08/21/2014 03:16 PM, Mark Bourne wrote:
Jim Byrnes wrote:
I would like to import some stock quotes from into
calc sheet.

As a test I select cell A1
Insert-->Link to External Data and I get the External Data dialog
Put in the URL box
The OK button stays greyed out
I hit ENTER and I get a Text Import dialog with a number in the

When I hit OK I am sent back to the External Data dialog, OK button
still greyed out and when I close the dialog, nothing is entered in

What do I need to do to get the stock quote entered in the cell?

I haven't used that feature before, but says:
Link to External Data
Inserts data from an HTML, Calc, or Excel file into the current
as a link. The data must be located within a named range.

The URL you're using points to a CSV file, which doesn't contain a
range (CSV is a very basic format, and doesn't support naming
Using an ODS file with a named range works; after selecting the file,
the ranges defined within the file are listed in the lower part of
"External Data" dialog, and the OK button is enabled once once is
selected (with a CSV file, there are no ranges to select so OK is
enabled). But that's clearly no use to you unless Yahoo provides the
data you want in that format...

OK I understand now.  Just seems strange that I can get the data I want

in the Import Text dialog (just as I have done many times when
csv files) but I can't get it into the spreadsheet. When I click ok in
the Import Text dialog, focus goes to the Insert Dialog and the data is


It may be possible to pick up data from a table on an HTML page.
liable to stop working when Yahoo change the layout of the page
requiring you to go through the Insert > Link to External Data again
find the table in the new layout, but might work well enough.

Another possibility may be Insert > Sheet from File, specify that URL
rather than browsing to a local file, and select the "Link" option.
seems to be rather slow to import (maybe that's just my Internet
connection), and I'm not certain if it will actually update as
but probably worth trying. I'd suggest not modifying the imported
in case either you loose your changes when the sheet is updated or
modifying it prevents future updates. You can then reference cell A1
from another sheet, which should then pick up changes assuming the
imported sheet does update as intended.

When I try this option I don't see any place to specify the URL, all I
see is a file selection dialog.

Yet another option may be to set up a LibreOffice Base database
connection pointing at the CSV file as its data source. (File > New >
Database > Connect to existing > Spreadsheet > Next > Enter URL >
Next >
Finish). Not sure offhand if or how you can reference that from your
spreadsheet though, and it is getting rather extreme just to get a
single number!


The whole thing is getting complex.  I just wanted to link about 10
cells so I wouldn't have to type in the data manually.  Not a big
problem it's just that I am always looking for ways to automate stuff.

Thanks,  Jim

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