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Sort containing column labels in protected cells

asked 2018-09-11 11:59:23 +0200

Ed38 gravatar image


I have a sheet like this :

| LABEL 1 | LABEL 2 | LABEL 3 |        <-- 3 protected cells
| data 1  | data 2  | data 3  |
| data 4  | data 5  | data 6  |
| data 7  | data 8  | data 9  |

I need to protect first row containing column labels.

But when I try to sort data using a macro or using Sort menu, selecting LABEL 1 as Sort Key 1 and specifying in Options that range contains colum labels, operation fails due to cell protection even if protected cells (labels) do not have to be modified.

Is it a bug ?

Is there a workaround ?

Thanks in advance


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answered 2018-09-11 12:34:10 +0200

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updated 2018-09-11 12:36:12 +0200

Quoting @Ed38: "Is it a bug?"
To qualify the behaviour as a bug would require to know a specifiaction assessing it otherwise.
Since there also may not be a published specification to the experienced effect the behaviour could be changed. You may file an enhancement request to (using severity = enhancement).

Quoting @Ed38: "Is there a workaround?"
I only can offer the obvious one: Don't select the protected label for sorting. You then need to choose the sort key using the column name instead of the label in the UI. When customising a SortDescriptor by user code the respective field is identified by a column index anyway (if I remember correctly).

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OP has filed tdf#119804 since then; and that is confirmed as an easy hack. I would be glad to help any novice to try and fix this.

Mike Kaganski gravatar imageMike Kaganski ( 2018-09-12 07:19:48 +0200 )edit
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