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At 17:01 23/03/2015 +0100, Honly Wonly wrote:
Am 16.03.2015 um 18:07 schrieb Andreas Säger:
Am 16.03.2015 um 15:57 schrieb Honly Wonly:
Creating LO documents directly would be nice and might have the advantage to be able to specify some formatting --- which I might need to do sooner or later.

Formatting is a matter of style, cell styles in this case. Linked import ranges filled with database data can be prepared with cell styles (I use document templates for this type of database reports). The formatting expands/shrinks with the imported data range.

How would I do something like this with CSVs? I guess I'd need some sort of "overlay spreadsheet" which defines the formatting and is then being filled with the data from a CSV file. The fields in the CSV remain the same while the number of rows will vary

As suggested above, if you already had suitable styling configured as cell styles, it would be very simple to apply these styles to the data after it was positioned. Alternatively, if you have a document with space for the data already formatted - which would indeed sensibly be created from a template - you could add the data without upsetting the formatting.

The trick here is to use Edit | Paste Special... (or Ctrl+Shift+V) instead of ordinary Paste. If you paste from elsewhere in the same or another spreadsheet document, ensure that "Paste all" and Formats are both *not* ticked in the Paste Special dialogue; if you paste from another source, select "Unformatted text" in the Paste Special dialogue.

I trust this helps.

Brian Barker

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