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On Sat, 24 Feb 2018 19:50:08 +0000
Brian Barker <> wrote:

At 11:03 24/02/2018 -0800, Dave Stevens wrote:
I'm using the version in the subject line on Linux Mint. In calc if 
I insert the date using the insert menu and the date option I get a 
cell with today's date, formatted comprehensibly.  

I'm not sure what you mean here. If you are using the =TODAY() or 
=NOW() functions, what you have is not today's date but the current 
date whenever your spreadsheet is reopened.

I'm not using a function. In calc I pull down the insert menu and click
on date. Then the cell contents are text characters with today's
date. Not a function. This is what I'd like to be able to do in Writer.

Thanks to those who suggested workarounds.


If I do the same thing in Writer I can't, the option isn't there. I 
must (as far as I know) choose field then date. That gives me text 
that looks like "Date (fixed)" which is not what I want. I can do a 
print preview and see
that it will render as one might wish but that's not what I want. I 
really want to be able to simply insert today's date as a character

I think your only problem here is that you have fields set to show 
the field name instead of their value. You can toggle this display at 
View | Field Names (or Ctrl+F9). Then you will see the date value as 
text in the editing display as well as in Page Preview and actual

Can anyone tell me a simple way to insert the data as characters 
rather than a field?  

o Copy the field.
o Paste it back over itself, but using Edit | Paste Special... (or 
right-click | Paste Special... or Ctrl+Shift+V) and selecting 
"Unformatted text" in the Paste Special dialogue.

Er, or just type the date: the default format is only eight 
characters (in my locale).

I think the behaviour I'm seeing breaks wysiwyg.  

I hope so. Wysiwyg was always a bad idea: what you need in the 
editing display is a clear indication of the structure of your 
document, not necessarily its appearance. That way, you can see and 
have some control over what will happen when it is displayed on 
another system or you (or others) make any change.

I trust this helps.

Brian Barker

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