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From: Jeffrey Walton []
Sent: Thursday, January 28, 2021, 12:02 UTC
Subject: [libreoffice-users] What does LibreOffice recognize as a column

Hi Everyone,

I have a Writer document with a Table inside. The table is large at
about 3 columns x 500 rows. When I attempt to highlight the table
cells and paste the data from a single 1 x 1500 source LibreOffice
mishandles populating the table.

I'm generating the data from a C++ program so I can format the data in
a way that makes Writer happy. For example, I can use a vertical bar:

   a  |  b   |   c
   d  |  e   |   f

Or I can use something else.

I already tried to use vertical bars and HTML tags like <tr>...</tr>,
but the paste did not work.

What does LibreOffice recognize as a column delimiter? So I can
perform the 3x500 paste into the table?

Thanks in advance.


Hi Jeff.

One possible option would be to generate your table in a csv layout
using tabs as the delimiter.


Rather than trying to paste into an existing table, paste the csv format
as plain text. Then highlight the pasted text and select Writer's main
menu "Table -> Convert -> Text to Table"option, identifying tabs as the

See Chapter 13 of the Writer Guide:

Hope this helps.


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