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What's the difference between "Calc A1" and "Excel A1" [closed]

asked 2012-06-14 02:16:18 +0200

Sicofante gravatar image

I can choose between Calc A1, Excel A1 and Excel R1C1 syntax for formulas.

I understand what R1C1 does. It's in Excel's documentation. However I can't find what separates Calc A1 from Excel A1.

What's the difference?

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I can't answer but the choice has been around since at least 2009. And the closest I got to an explanation is in the section titled "Microsoft Excel Compatibility" here.

chimak111 gravatar imagechimak111 ( 2012-06-15 18:44:55 +0200 )edit

I can't answer either and it is not explained in the current documentation. However I reported this to the LibreOffice Documentation team and hopefully it will be included in the documentation for version 3.6

Pedro gravatar imagePedro ( 2012-06-16 09:40:28 +0200 )edit

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answered 2012-06-17 09:40:42 +0200

Calc and Excel use different separators and different syntax for addressing files.

Just two short examples:

=Sheet1!D23 is the Excel syntax for addressing a cell in another sheet =Sheet1.B14 is it in Calc

='Untitled1'#$Sheet1.$B$14 is the calc syntax to reference a cell in another file =[Book1]Sheet2!$F$17 is it in Excel

Please also note that all special character from CalcA1, ExcelA1 and ExcelR1C1 are forbidden in names.

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