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Formatting phone numbers [closed]

asked 2013-06-10 21:08:02 +0100

superhua gravatar image

updated 2015-11-02 03:44:59 +0100

Alex Kemp gravatar image

Using "Format Cells" > "Numbers" > "User-defined" with the format code of ###-###-#### only results in "###" in the cell.

This error occurs with version on Mac OS 10.8.

However, this works properly with version on Mac OS 10.6.

Here is the error:

Any thoughts?

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check Tools>Options>LibreOffice Calc>View Top right check... that "formulas" is cleared

OldBoricuainLA gravatar imageOldBoricuainLA ( 2013-06-10 21:37:17 +0100 )edit

check Tools>Options>LibreOffice Calc>View Top right

OldBoricuainLA gravatar imageOldBoricuainLA ( 2013-06-10 21:37:23 +0100 )edit

I thought you would like to know that you are not alone. I'm on Linux Mint 13, using LibO I've been experimenting a bit, and getting some odd results. P.S. Can confirm, too, that "Formulae" check box is cleared, cf. @OldBoricuainLA comment. See the bottom of my screenshot: it's trying to do a sum? P.P.S. Fix suggested below!

David gravatar imageDavid ( 2013-06-10 21:47:56 +0100 )edit

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answered 2013-06-10 22:35:00 +0100

David gravatar image

The problem is that your column is too narrow. Compare A and B cols in screenshot below, both with same formatting:

calc screenshot

Does widening Column A fix it for you?

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answered 2013-06-10 23:05:26 +0100

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@David: Yes, widening Column A fixed it! Thank you!

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@superhua - glad that sorted it - so simple, yet so baffling! Note, too, that you can "name" your "User defined" number code by clicking the middle button to the right of the box that has "###-###-####" in it. I think the tooltip is "comment", but you could name it "Telephone format" and it will show up as such in the listing, rather than (the odd!) "---1234".

David gravatar imageDavid ( 2013-06-11 08:38:58 +0100 )edit

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