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For the formatted display to work, the cells have to be formated to show the 
decimal places to the degree you want. I have the column set to show just 2 
decimal places. So 5 of the cells show 1.08 though the raw numbers are 
actually slightly different. So, if you set the columns to use the format with 3 
decimals, and then click on the as formatted it should work. If not, you might 
try upgrading to the latest version. Sometimes it is something that is fixed in 
the newer versions.

On 12 Sep 2018 at 2:44, Art wrote:

Subject:                Re: [libreoffice-users] can't prevent Calc from 
modifying the number
        I type into a column
To:                     "Michael D. Setzer II" <>,
From:                   Art <>
Date sent:              Wed, 12 Sep 2018 02:44:26 -0400

On 09/12/2018 01:09 AM, Michael D. Setzer II wrote:
On 12 Sep 2018 at 0:36, Art wrote:

From:               Art <>
Subject:            [libreoffice-users] can't prevent Calc from 
modifying the number I type into a column
Date sent:          Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:36:02 -0400

I have a column of numbers I want to enter into a calc column.

One of the numbers is 127.700 (for instance).

So, I copy the number and paste it into the desired column. But, when I
go back and check the contents of the column, it reads 127.7 instead!!!

And, if I search the spreadsheet for 127.700, there are no hits!!!!

I tried formatting the column to show 3 significant numbers after the
decimal point, which looks good....but when I check the actual contents
of that cell, it is still 127.7!!! And, I still can't search for 127.700
(no hits)!

I tried turning off the autocomplete, no change.

It seems like calc has some sort of deliberate action to inhibit
entering of trailing zero's (after the decimal point).

How do I turn off this "feature"???

When I copy and paste 117.000 into a cell, I expect to see 117.000 when
I examine the contents of the cell. I actually don't have a problem with
how the number is displayed in the spreadsheet, but when I search for
the number I entered into the column, I need to get hits on 117.000 when
I search for 117.000.


I just did the ctrl-F in a spreadsheet I have with floating point number. Have a 
number of 1.08 as the displayed data, but it only finds one of the 5. If I click 
formatted Display option at the bottom, it then finds all of them. 

So, that should be on the bottom. I have version on Linux (Fedora) 
not sure which OS you are using or which version.

I'm running Xubuntu 18.04, with Version:, Build ID:
1:6.0.3-0ubuntu1. It is fully updated.

I'm not quite sure I understand your explanation.

If I open a fresh spreadsheet and enter '117.700' into one cell, then
search for '117.000', there are no hits. When I look at the contents of
the cell, it says '117.7', which isn't the number I entered. I can
search for 117.7 and it will be found, but, 117.76, 117.774 and 117.706
are also found.....which is wrong.

I did try formatted display checkbox at the bottom of the screen, but
there is no difference.

It seems that the software is ignoring zeros to the right of the decimal
point. I'm listing frequencies in Megahertz, so the zeros to the right
of the decimal point are significant. I wish I could post my spreadsheet
somewhere, I do know better than to send it to the list members::>

Any ideas?

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