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functions do not execute in Calc cells. They just appear as text. This is in LibreOffice 4.1 running in Windows 7, 32 bit [closed]

asked 2014-01-08 00:03:00 +0200

psokolow gravatar image

updated 2016-02-18 14:02:59 +0200

Alex Kemp gravatar image

I have tried re-installing Libre Office, tried re-booting Windows, and all the usual procedures. I have previously run Calc satisfactorily, and opening an old spreadsheet allows me to enter formulas in an ordinary way. I'd appreciate any suggestions on dealing with this!

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Can you expand on how you enter formulas, and give some example formulas that don't work?

bencomp gravatar imagebencomp ( 2014-01-08 00:20:28 +0200 )edit

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answered 2014-01-08 00:19:21 +0200

Gerry gravatar image

Can you check whether you have in Extras(Tools) -> Otions -> LibreOffice Calc -> View the option "Show formulas" activated? If this is activated, Calc alwas shows the formula instead of the calculated value.

Another test: Please hit Ctrl + F8. In what colour do you see now your formulas? (Formulas should be green, values blue and text in black)

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Thank you Gerry! Your instructions to un-check the "Display Formulas" in cells worked! You saved me from having to buy MS Excel, and instead I donated a few bucks ($) to Libre. I wonder why my installation of Libre 4 defaulted to "Display Formulas"? Users want to see output, not code, in screens. It's as though instead of a web page a URL just showed the HTML input! Whatever, a big thanks to you! psokolow

psokolow gravatar imagepsokolow ( 2014-01-08 14:32:10 +0200 )edit

I'm used to use "Ctrl ~" (Control + tilde) to toggle display formula on/off.

Paijo gravatar imagePaijo ( 2014-01-10 04:44:28 +0200 )edit

@psokolow could you mark the answer as 'correct' by clicking the check mark?

bencomp gravatar imagebencomp ( 2014-01-10 21:41:14 +0200 )edit

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