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Re: [libreoffice-users] Strange issue with NOW() that i have not encountered before


Hi.

On 01/11/2019 09:21, Tim Deaton wrote:
> On 10/30/2019 5:11 PM, Brian Barker wrote:
>> At 20:02 30/10/2019 +0000, Pete Noname wrote:
>>> I am having an issue with NOW() .
>>
>> Unfortunately for you, NOW() means "now"; it may be that you need a
>> THEN() function!
>>
>>> I am using =IF(ISBLANK(A3),"", IF( ISNUMBER(B3), B3, NOW() ) )
>>> I have copied this by dragging the corner of the cell to 100 other
>>> cells the problem is when i enter data into a cell in column 3 ...
>>
>> Er, column A, perhaps?
>>
>>> ... the time changes in every cell in column 3 and it should not.
>>
>> You clearly don't want it to, but since NOW() means "now", it should.
>> By default, each time you make changes to a spreadsheet, formulae are
>> recalculated, and since all your formulae contain a reference to
>> NOW(), that will be updated to the current date and time, not the one
>> at which previous changes were made.
>>
>>> it does not in another sheet that is using exactly the same formula.
>>
>> One possibility is that you have AutoCalculate toggled off there, but
>> that will prevent *any* changes, so the original date and time will
>> not be inserted where you require it. You can use Recalculate to
>> cause new changes to happen, but - once again - that will affect all
>> parts of your spreadsheet and so change all the dates and times.
>>
>> One workaround is, each time you make an entry and create a new date
>> and time, to copy the cell contents and paste them back, but using
>> Edit | Paste Special... (or Ctrl+Shift+V, or right-click | Paste
>> Special...) instead of ordinary Paste. In the Paste Spacial dialogue,
>> ensure "Paste all" is not ticked and "Formulae" is not ticked. This
>> will remove the formula and freeze the contents of that cell. But
>> note that any later changes to the corresponding data cell will no
>> longer change the date and time in that cell.
>>
>> I trust this helps.
>>
>> Brian Barker
>>
> This reply confuses me.  The OP is using NOW() as the final option in
> a nested IF() statement.  So, to my understanding, NOW() should not be
> executed unless both of the first two options fail. Otherwise, it
> appears that the mere presence of the NOW() statement as one of the
> options causes the rest of the IF() statement to be rendered null and
> void.  To me, that behavior makes it a bug.
>
> -- Tim Deato
We have not seen some contents of columns A and B from the new sheet and
the old sheet to try to replicate the issue, may be it is a bug or may
be the formula is doing what it should be.
steve

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