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How to find cells containing file link references in Calc [closed]

asked 2017-03-13 19:48:25 +0200

ardor gravatar image

updated 2021-06-30 12:25:55 +0200

Alex Kemp gravatar image

I have a large spreadsheet where I apparently and not knowingly managed to insert file link references for a number of cells (the cells present values that are fetched from cells in an external Calc file).

I identified this file link referencing when a formula was malfunctioning and I got division by zero. After some research I identified the cell that caused the problem and found out that the problem was due to this external file referencing.

Same thing happened a couple of more times and I once again needed to search for the cell with the file reference that caused this problem.

My question - is there any way in LibreOffice Calc to highlight all cells that contain external references (if so, then I could systematically replace external references with proper internal ones as I have no need for external references)?

Many thanks in advance for any guidance on this topic.

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How the links are done? with formulas?

m.a.riosv gravatar imagem.a.riosv ( 2017-03-13 22:31:20 +0200 )edit

Hi, yes the file references are included in formulas.

ardor gravatar imageardor ( 2017-03-16 18:39:31 +0200 )edit

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answered 2017-03-16 22:37:20 +0200

m.a.riosv gravatar image

Use the Menu/Edit/Find&Replace tool to search for the cells containing file:///, click on Find all, and all the cells with it are selected.

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Thank you!

This solved the problem.

ardor gravatar imageardor ( 2017-03-17 19:04:55 +0200 )edit

DOH!! I had the same question, but as soon as I saw your answer, I realized how simple it was. Often, simplicity is genius.

Thank you

OffGrid9 gravatar imageOffGrid9 ( 2018-03-19 05:48:28 +0200 )edit

Brilliant, this worked for me, too! Thanks!

9littlebees gravatar image9littlebees ( 2018-05-17 09:29:13 +0200 )edit

Or search for :// in case you may also have links to network files like smb://server/share/file

Albert25 gravatar imageAlbert25 ( 2020-03-25 16:40:42 +0200 )edit

answered 2019-01-03 02:11:39 +0200

updated 2019-01-03 03:40:32 +0200

Not working in libreoffice Version: (Build ID: 1:6.1.4-1) and 5.0.4 ... Tried with different search patterns, selected advanced search options, ... any clue ?

Found ... Libreoffice reported external file links but the error was related to a formula referring a deleted cell (Depenses.E#REF !) with no error on the column result ... but reporting a link to an external file "file:///home/username/Depenses.E" ...

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