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CALC: CTRL+SHIFT+; deletes cells but does not enter the time

asked 2017-03-03 05:39:54 +0200

ROSt52 gravatar image

updated 2020-07-10 20:46:24 +0200

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Libo Version: Build ID: 1:5.0.3~rc2-0ubuntu1~trusty2 Locale: en-US (en_US.UTF-8) OS LM17.3KDE

CTRL+SHIFT+; deletes cells but does not enter the time

I checked the customization of the keyboard: CTRL+SHIFT+; is allocated to enter the date CTRL+- is allocated to delete cells

How can I get LibO Calc to enter the time? Is this bug in this LibO version?

Thanks for your help1

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Cannot confirm with :

Build-ID: 1:5.3.0~rc3-0ubuntu1~xenial1.1
Gebietsschema: de-DE (de_DE.UTF-8)   OS LM17.3 Cinnamon
karolus gravatar imagekarolus ( 2017-03-03 12:59:01 +0200 )edit

Bug exist also in

Build ID: 686f202eff87ef707079aeb7f485847613344eb7
CPU Threads: 4; OS Version: Linux 3.19; UI Render: default; VCL: kde4; Layout Engine: new; 
Locale: en-US (en_US.UTF-8); Calc: group

See EDIT of my answer below.

ROSt52 gravatar imageROSt52 ( 2017-09-25 16:41:35 +0200 )edit

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answered 2017-03-03 12:47:57 +0200

Lupp gravatar image

updated 2017-03-25 21:46:23 +0200

You may remember that I am on silly Win 10, and that I mostly use very fresh versions.
I cannot test with V5.0.3 (and, of course, not on Ubuntu), but I preserved a V5.0.2 Portable. Just tried it and can confirm same behaviour: Key assigned but not working. I also cannot think of an extension installed for the old version probably overlaying the shortcut assignment.

With V5.3.0.3 I see the same state and behaviour, except that I have installed 'Compose Special Characters' for this version (rarely use it), and this might probably interfere in a hidden way. Did you look for related bug reports already? I didn't find the needle with a finger in the haystack.

Regards und alles Gute

Sorry. Missed to mention that I did not get an effect like "delete cell" or "clear cell" with either version.
(Edit 2:)
The functionality is present. I suppose @ROSt52 to use like myself a keyboard with German pysical layout. There may be a conflict only afflicting users with a German keyboard layout. Shift+Ctrl+, and Shift+Ctrl+; are both offered when customising the keyboard to create shortcuts. These combinations are, however, not physically different under the mentioned layout as there Shift+, = ; holds true. I get the expected behaviour if I assign 'Insert Current Time' from category 'Insert' to the alternative combination Ctrl+Shift+, . This with V5.3.1.2 under Win 10.

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Choose your version from https://downloadarchive.documentfound... and then portable if it exists.

rautamiekka gravatar imagerautamiekka ( 2017-03-03 16:51:20 +0200 )edit

@rautamiekka: Yes. I have 14 versions of LibO and AOO here for testing (and á StarOffice 5.2 from 2000). I just didn't want to download another (only different by third digit) version. Thanks nonetheless.

Lupp gravatar imageLupp ( 2017-03-03 17:32:22 +0200 )edit

answered 2017-03-22 09:58:38 +0200

ROSt52 gravatar image

updated 2017-09-26 06:10:19 +0200

Thanks everybody for comments.

I intend to install a newer version of LibO parallel to the - a bit old - version from the Linux Mint / Ubuntu repository. For The time being I have to live with the bug.


I installed now LIbO parallel to the and observe exactly the same problem.

The exact version is:

    Build ID: 686f202eff87ef707079aeb7f485847613344eb7
    CPU Threads: 4; OS Version: Linux 3.19; UI Render: default; VCL: kde4; Layout Engine: new; 
    Locale: en-US (en_US.UTF-8); Calc: group

I am using a Japanese keyboard, which is concerning "Crtl+shift+;" the same as the US keyboard.

In Windows versions up to 5.3.x it "ctrl+shift+;" perfectly inserted the time. I used exactly the same keyboard.

What can cause the bug? Difference to @karolus: - US version - German version - KDE version - Cinnamon version

Can a macro be written which enters time in a cell using the same key combination?

Thanks for comments and help.

EDIT 170926

Thanks for all your comments.

While looking for the "comma" instead of "semi-colon" possibility I found that in Tools > customize > functions > category = insert has no "Time" item in Function table but only "Date" and others.


However Tools > customize > Shortcut keys shows the "Insert Time" combined with "crtl+shift+;"


I installed also LibO and see exactly the same situation.

Is this a bug in LibO, LibO, anmd LibO Linux version? Is there a way to get "Time" in the Function table? Can it be related to the KDE version of LM 17.3?

What is your understanding of this? Ways to solutions?

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@ROSt52 Using:

Build ID: ea7cb86e6eeb2bf3a5af73a8f7777ac570321527
CPU threads: 4; OS: Linux 4.8; UI render: default; VCL: gtk2; 
Locale: en-US (en_US.UTF-8); Calc: group

on Mint 18.2 I have no problem with the Ctrl+Shift+; inserting current time. Time permitting will try other versions.

Ratslinger gravatar imageRatslinger ( 2017-09-25 17:02:35 +0200 )edit

Had this version on Mint 18.2 KDE:

Build ID: f82d347ccc0be322489bf7da61d7e4ad13fe2ff3
CPU Threads: 4; OS Version: Linux 4.8; UI Render: default; VCL: kde4; Layout Engine: new; 
Locale: en-US (en_US.UTF-8); Calc: group

and again it works without a problem. The difference seen is the Kernel version. Could this be the cause?

Ratslinger gravatar imageRatslinger ( 2017-09-25 17:39:00 +0200 )edit

I believe it is also worth mentioning, OpenGL is off on all my installs. Menu Tools->Options, LibreOffice->View. A last check was done on Xubuntu 16.04, LO v5.4.1.2, Kernel 4.4.x and again all worked.

Ratslinger gravatar imageRatslinger ( 2017-09-25 19:40:18 +0200 )edit

Can a macro be written

see my extension DateTime2 - old, but still working

komma4 gravatar imagekomma4 ( 2017-09-25 23:41:09 +0200 )edit

@Ratslinger - OpenGL is off on both versions

@komma4 - I installed your extension but still have to find out how I can start and do changes from German to English version. Unfortunately I did not find an explanation on how to modify and how to run your attractive extension. Do you have an hint? Guideline? etc?

ROSt52 gravatar imageROSt52 ( 2017-09-26 04:44:38 +0200 )edit

answered 2017-09-25 18:01:38 +0200

m.a.riosv gravatar image

Now at least in Spanish works with ',' instead ';' maybe it was changed in other languages.

The issue is they were assigned to characters ';' that are the shift of the key on some languages like Spanish.

Maybe it should be changed for all languages with ';' as shift key.

See Shortcuts ctrl+; and ctrl+shift+; does not work in ru/es/pt/fi keyboard layouts

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Problem is that on an English keyboard it is Ctrl+; and Ctrl+: for which for the latter one has to hit Shift+Ctrl+; and users don't imply that : is actually Shift+; so the description uses Shift+Ctrl+;

Other layouts (have to) use other key assignments, things may be easier or more complicated to describe for other languages' keyboard layouts, and sometimes help/description isn't aligned with reality.

erAck gravatar imageerAck ( 2017-09-25 19:05:56 +0200 )edit
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