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Hi, I have been using English and Japanese both in msexcel and LO calc for
many years.
I receive an excel file and then make a duplicate. When I want to send a
draft, I save it as an excel file and send it to the editor.
I sometimes have problems when special characters are used.

   I use the the input method frameworks fcitx and ibus. It allows me to
flip between languages in any document.
Libreoffice Version: on Linux mint 20.0
and Language settings > languages>Default language for documents> Western
-Default: English. Asian: Japanese

Hope this helps.

On Sun, 21 Feb 2021 at 18:22, Dave Howorth <> wrote:

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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