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How to enter a literal string into a Libre Calc cell?

asked 2020-07-31 20:20:24 +0200

Branko Radovanovic gravatar image

How to enter e.g.


...into a cell as a literal string, so that it doesn't get automatically replaced with a formula, but without formatting the cell as text? Normally, one would expect:

'+1/2 work (in Excel it does) but in this case it doesn't.

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If the program converts plain +1/2 into a formula, and treats '+1/2 as a string '+1/2, not +1/2, then this is a bug. Program must treat 'somestring as somestring when plain somestring will be treated as special string. Please file it.

Mike Kaganski gravatar imageMike Kaganski ( 2020-08-02 09:32:00 +0200 )edit

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answered 2020-07-31 22:08:52 +0200

LeroyG gravatar image

If you type '+1/2, you will see '+1/2.

You can type " +1/2" preceding the + with a space (double quotes here are only to show the space), but this will change alignment one space to the right.

Also can use ="+1/2"and will see +1/2 left aligned as text; but this is a formula (double quotes here are mandatory).

Use a text editor, type there +1/2, then copy and paste in the cell. As long as it doesn't start with = it will show as text, while the cell format will remain as number standard. Also can do it with Writer, but will need to choose menu Edit-Paste Special-Paste Unformatted Text (same that Ctrl+Alt+Shift+V).

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answered 2020-07-31 20:30:19 +0200

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updated 2020-07-31 20:34:10 +0200


format your cell as text (Format Code: @) before you enter data. This disables input recognition and enter +1/2 directly.

Hope that helps

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