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Pasting Data in spreadsheet adds a ' character [closed]

asked 2014-11-04 11:46:01 +0100

thanos gravatar image

updated 2014-11-04 11:53:05 +0100

I am pasting the following data file in a calc file

http://pastebin.com/7H0S3j7L

What I am doing is copy/paste the data in the spreadsheet using "space" as a column seperator. Then I am trying to apply a simple SUM() command in a new column but I get zeros. The reason is that the imported data have a ' character at the beggining.

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I've notice that when I remove the ' character everything is working as expected. I've also noticed that the power changes. I've tried to replace this character by using Ctrl + H but the character ' is not recognised. So the questions are

  1. How to get rid of these ' characters
  2. Why the are inserted in the first place
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answered 2014-11-04 12:21:47 +0100

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  1. Search string .+ (dot-plus) and replace with & (ampersand) with option Regular expressions ON

  2. Just try Edit-Paste Special (Ctrl+Shift+V) as Unformated text and set this options

Options to import Scientific notation

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