# paste special formula not pasting as number only text [closed]

I'm trying to work with some financial data in Libreoffice (v4.2.8.2) but am running into some issues in how it handles text/number cells. I have cells, formatted as number, which contains USD after the numbers so to strip that out I use the formula =LEFT(A1, 5).

This produces the figures I want to manipulate, but the cell is a formula so I paste only/paste special as number, but the cell I paste into remains empty. The only way I'm able to get anything to appear is by pasting as text, which then gives me the annoying apostrophe before the numbers that I have to remove before I can manipulate the numbers.

I know how to do the find/replace solution to get rid of the apostrophe but what I want to do is to find a way to be able to paste the output of my formula as a number, so I can then do calculations with it direct.

If it helps the original data I'm using is imported from .csv but is Unicode (UFT-8). I've tried with & without 'Detect Special Numbers' and have used both UK & USA English as the language. I've checked that all the cells I'm dealing with are formatted as numbers but it doesn't make any difference. I can paste a number as a number but it won't paste the output of a formula as a number.

I'm sure someone must have come across this before, and it's likely a novice mistake in my settings but I've not managed to figure out how to fix it & be able to paste the output of my formula as a number. I'd appreciate any help you can give.

Thanks