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Korak
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 27, 2006 2:56 am    Post subject: convert date to text Reply with quote

Is there a way to copy dates that are in the format Sept 14, 1999 and paste them to another cell that is text only and not formatted as DATE? It keeps converting to numbers, even when I format the other column as 'TEXT' and try pasting special. I have different options, like leaving off 'format', 'date & time', etc.

The only way I can do it, is to copy all the cells and then open up Writer and paste it there as unformatted, then copy that and paste it back to Calc unformatted.

I just wondered if there was a better way, so that I did not have to use two applications to do it.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 27, 2006 3:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've just managed to do that by pre-formatting the target cell as text and using the dropdown arrow with the Paste icon, selecting "unformatted text".

Paste-special would not work because,

1. if I de-select "date & time", nothing is pasted;
2. if I select "date & time", the number value of the date is pasted. Exclamation Question
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 27, 2006 3:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

noranthon wrote:
I've just managed to do that by pre-formatting the target cell as text and using the dropdown arrow with the Paste icon, selecting "unformatted text".

Paste-special would not work because,

1. if I de-select "date & time", nothing is pasted;
2. if I select "date & time", the number value of the date is pasted. Exclamation Question


The only problem is that I don't get the 'unformatted text' option, unless I paste it out to Writer, copy it from there and then come back to do the paste. How do you get that option? I'll look in the setup and see if I can find something.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 27, 2006 6:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You need to have the Paste icon on your toolbar. It has a dropdown list with options which vary according to what is on the clipboard.

I do not see the same options in the menu but it may be that such options can be added.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 27, 2006 6:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This formula returns a formatted text value from a given number in A1:
=TEXT(A1;"MMM DD, YYYY")
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 27, 2006 7:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

noranthon wrote:
You need to have the Paste icon on your toolbar. It has a dropdown list with options which vary according to what is on the clipboard.

I do not see the same options in the menu but it may be that such options can be added.


Ah, thanks for that bit of info. That did help.

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