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How to type "=" in table libreoffice writer

asked 2020-09-30 14:41:20 +0200

PhamHoangLong gravatar image

updated 2020-10-01 20:51:52 +0200

erAck gravatar image


I want to type " = " in the table on libreoffice writer, but i can't.

Please, Help me.

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As this is about Writer I re-tagged with writer instead of common.

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answered 2020-09-30 15:04:21 +0200

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Recent LO releases tried to bridge the gap between Writer tables (initially containing only text) and Calc spreadsheets by offering a limited computation capability.

Whenever you type = at the very start of a cell, you trigger the formula editor (just as if you typed F2) and the formula bar opens above the document below the menu/tools bar.

To prevent this from happening, type a space or other character before = and erase the extra character afterwards.

The sequence could be Space = Home Del End. Not very user-friendly: 5 key presses instead of one.

Alternatively, type your text without the initial = and when done, add it at start of cell.

There does not appear to be a way to disable special handling of = when initially filling a cell.

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answered 2020-09-30 15:15:37 +0200

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updated 2020-10-01 11:19:34 +0200

Additional to @ajlittoz proposals: Insert a Zero Width Space, so you haven't to delete the space afterwards. But this is "not user friendly" as well: Type U+200b and then hit Alt+X to generate this character.

Easier: Copy the = into clipboard and insert; or drag an drop from outside the table...

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