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[SOLVED] How to switch off automatic subscript and superscript ?

asked 2021-04-06 20:57:34 +0200

User555 gravatar image

updated 2021-04-07 14:33:17 +0200

Hi !

By default, when something like ^a or _a is written after a word, the ^ or the _ disappears and the next character becomes superscript or subscript. I find it really annoying; is it possible to switch it off ?

Thanks !


OS : GNU/Linux, Debian buster

LibreOffice version :

Actually (I didn't notice), this behavior occurs only with numbers (only for ^2 and _2, for example).

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Hello @User555, Can you share your operating system and LibreOffice version? To do that, choose menu Help - About LibreOffice, copy from there, press edit below your question and paste.

When Replace is activated, :^a: is for superscript a, and :_a: is for subscript a. To deactivate this option choose menu Tools - AutoCorrect - AutoCorrect Options… - Options tab, and uncheck Use replacement table.

See replace list in Tools - AutoCorrect - AutoCorrect Options… - Replace tab.

LeroyG gravatar imageLeroyG ( 2021-04-06 22:12:02 +0200 )edit

By default, when something like ^a or _a is written after a word, the ^ or the _ disappears

AFAIK that's only a default in Math (Formula editor), where it is part of the syntax.

Opaque gravatar imageOpaque ( 2021-04-06 23:22:06 +0200 )edit

Thanks for your quick answers !

@LeroyG : I've added my OS and LibreOffice version.

Indeed, unchecking "Use replacement table" works, but the problem is … it completely disables the replacement table, which I actually use ^^.

I've also deleted all the rules like :_a: or :^a:, in the replace list, but that doesn't work (the problem happens without the ":").

@Opaque : You seem to be right about letters : ^a actually doesn't turn into a superscript in Writer and Calc (I don't know why I didn't check that before).

But it does happen with numbers : ^2 becomes ², for example.

User555 gravatar imageUser555 ( 2021-04-07 08:16:00 +0200 )edit

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answered 2021-04-07 14:00:12 +0200

LeroyG gravatar image

You must delete the .*^0 and .*_0 (and for 1 to 9) in the Replace list (in Tools - AutoCorrect - AutoCorrect Options… - Replace tab.).

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It works, thanks !

User555 gravatar imageUser555 ( 2021-04-07 14:31:49 +0200 )edit

answered 2021-04-06 21:58:07 +0200

Wanderer gravatar image

You find the options under autocorrect. Help page

You can completely switch autocorrect off or single features.


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Not documented there.

LeroyG gravatar imageLeroyG ( 2021-04-06 22:12:38 +0200 )edit
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