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I recently began to use the spreadsheet downloads from one of my
credit unions as it is so far superior to the home-grown method I have
been using it's not even funny.

(I know, way late... Cries of "luddite" in the background, etc.)

However, in the .csv file they send, the dollar transactions are all
given as text entries with ($xxx.xx) for negative entries and $xxx.xx
for positive entries.  I don't see a way inside calc either to simply
convert that to a currency amount or to strip out the leading
apostrophe/quote mark that inhibits proper evaluation of the field.

I've also run into this with other numeric imports - that leading
quote is a pain that doesn't show in the .csv file and _only_ appears
inside calc.

What I've been doing is loading the .csv file into a text editor,
change those fields and then reload into calc.  This is terribly

I also note that there is no Currency option for columns in the import
wizard.  The date fields I can do, but not these.

Finally, when I'm running writer and I tell it to load a recently used
.csv file, it loads that file into the writer, not into calc.  I
couldn't find an option for this.  My file manager understands that
.csv files are to be opened by calc, why not LO itself?

Any suggestions?

I'm running LO 5.1.2 (just downloaded :-) on Xubuntu 14.04.4 with the
Wily kernel (4.2).


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