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On Sun, 21 Feb 2021 00:40:56 +0000
Brian Barker <> wrote:

At 15:09 20/02/2021 -0800, Nobody Noname wrote:
On Sat, Feb 20, 2021 at 8:27 AM Thomas Blasejewicz wrote:  
The (Excel) file is the draft for the preparation of a 
questionnaire - to be translated into several languages (although 
the one I am currently working on has only 3 languages). Means: I 
want certain columns ONLY to be set to German, while others next to 
it are set to English and Japanese. Applying the language to the 
entire document does not do this trick.  

I did a little test and was able to reproduce your problem with the 
Column > Format Cells > Font > Polish (which is just the test 
language I used). I could reproduce the problem when working with 
the document as an .xlsx or .xls file, but the problem does NOT 
exist when I used a .ods file. So the issue seems to be specific to 
LibreOffice operating with Excel files. You might want to report it 
as a bug:  

Sorry, but you are assuming that this is a problem with LibreOffice's 
ability to save in a Microsoft Excel format, and that the fault is 
therefore LibreOffice's. But do we know that it is possible to save a 
spreadsheet document in Excel format with different columns marked as 
being in different languages? That's the same question, effectively, 
as "Can you set different languages for different parts of a 
spreadsheet in Microsoft Excel itself?" I don't know that you can. If 
not, the deficiency is with Microsoft's formats, and the bug report 
should probably go to them instead.

Brian Barker  

Apparently it is possible,since the OP originally stated:

"The original file is so formatted that there are font settings for 
English and Japanese.
When I work at home (right now) I select the relevant columns and
change the language setting to German."

For that to be the case, the original file must encode the language for
individual columns.

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