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Re: [libreoffice-users] Appearance of hyperlinks in Calc spreadsheets

On 22/10/2019 15:27, Dave Barton wrote:

*From:* Philip Jackson [mailto:philip-jackson@gmx.com]
*Sent:* Tuesday, October 22, 2019, 11:43 UTC
*To:* LibreOffice
*Subject:* [libreoffice-users] Appearance of hyperlinks in Calc spreadsheets

LO in UbuntuStudio 18.04 LTS

In a Calc spreadsheet, I have a column consisting only of hyperlinks to websites. They are correctly formed and work fine with Ctrl-click.

My problem is the appearance of the column. Each link is in black text backed by a dark gray background colour (like indications of 'fields' in Writer).� That makes it difficult for me to read. My preference would be black or even blue text on a plain white background like the rest of the spreadsheet.

The Help file provides the same information for formatting hyperlinks under Calc as it does for Writer. Essentially it suggests changing the attributes via character styles > internet links. I can't find any access to character styles in Calc let alone internet links styles. Nor is there anything applicable to hyperlinks in cell formatting.

(And in any case, the Help text doesn't apply even to my version of Writer either - but in Writer, I can at least change paragraph styles to get the effect I would like).

I think I have searched thoroughly but I know it's easy to miss some details so I'm appealing for any useful tips that you may be able to provide to help me modify these attributes.

What happens if you tap the F11 function key or select the menu option View -> Styles ? Either one should open the the Styles & Formatting panel, where you should see Hyperlink in the list of cell styles. Right click on Hyperlink and select modify. In the Cell Style: hyperlink dialog there are options to set font and background colors.

Note your existing cells with hyperlinks in them will have the default style and you will have to select those cells and apply the Hyperlink style to them.

I don't have access to the Ubuntu edition of LibreOffice at the moment, but the above procedure works perfectly for me using the standard edition downloaded from TDF mirror servers.

F11 and 'Manage Styles' from View and Format menus were my first port of call. But they only produce Default, Heading and Result styles under Cell Styles and Default and Report under Page styles. There are no other options and no Hyperlink style.

You are correct that my cells are Default style and attempt to modify this style opens the usual Cell Format dialogue which has no mention of hyperlink. I thought there could be such a mention under the Font Effects tab - but no.

However, a PM from another list member suggested where I could find Field Shadings and this lead to a solution for me.

Under Tools | Options | LibreOffice | Application Colours | Custom Colours.  Then scroll down to find Text Document and Field Shadings where I set the field shadings to a custom light grey colour. This improved the readability of my hyperlinks in Calc without, I hope, eliminating the usefulness of field shadings in Writer documents.

Thanks to all.


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