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At 18:26 28/12/2018 +0100, Harvey Nimmo wrote:
I'm running LO on OpenSuse and I wonder if anyone else can confirm this error on calc. Multiplying 2048.28*.146 yields correctly 295.54488, ...

Er, that wouldn't be correct with my maths. Do you perhaps mean 2024.28 * 0.146 instead?

... but when rounding down to 2 decimal places, 295.55 is displayed (instead of 295.54) (either using ROUND(2048.28*.146,2) or with field format.

That would indeed be odd. It's what you would get if you repeatedly rounded the value to fewer digits one by one
295.54488 -> 295.5449 -> 295.545 -> 295.55
- instead of doing it in one go. So that's not the way to do it, of course.

There is one way that you can create this result, using options at Tools | Options... | LibreOffice Calc | Calculate. If you have "Limit decimals for general number format" ticked and set to "3 Decimal places", your original result will be displayed - correctly - as 295.545. If you then round *that* value to two fractional places, you will properly get 295.55. The situation can be complicated if you also have "Precision as shown" ticked, which causes subsequent calculations to be based on what you see in a cell instead of the underlying, unrounded value.

What happens if you ensure that both of these options are *not* ticked?

I trust this helps.

Brian Barker

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