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At 14:56 26/03/2017 -0400, Doug McNutt wrote:
Wow. The Sunday response is warmly appreciated.

No probs!

I'm going to change the fixed width to "tab separated".

As advised. Good.

There is also something called "text delimiter" ...

If your input data had text which looked like numbers (or whatever) but needed to be interpreted as text, the *original data* might have had quoted strings. In that case, you would need to tell LibreOffice whether those quotes were single or double.

There is another option "Field column type" that doesn't seem to do anything.

As previously explained, if you first select the header of a column in the Fields display, you can then choose a type. This is useful, for example, if dates are in dd/mm when you need them in mm/dd and the like.

The only remaining problem seems to be that the sum of the dollar amounts is zero.

That means that you have imported the currency strings as text, not values. To avoid this, tick "Detect special numbers". (Some people think this should be ticked by default.)

In any case I think I'm happy.


Have you read "Opening CSV files" in Chapter 1 of the Calc Guide?

Brian Barker

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