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[OT] OpenOffice calc question

On Mon, 23 Jul 2007 16:31:21 -0400
Matthew Gillen <me-5yx05kfkO/aqeI1yJSURBw at> wrote:

> Jerry Feldman wrote:
> > My company's product uses dates in yyyymmdd format, but can import csv
> > files directly from any spreadsheet. If I import a csv containing
> > yyyymmdd, OO calc correctly displays the date, but if I want to modify
> > the spreadsheet (mainly financial curves), it outputs the date in the
> > mmddyyyy or mmddyy in the resultant csv. Does anyone know how I can
> > tell OO to output dates in the desired format preferably without
> > changing the entire locale. Of course, the csv can be edited with emacs
> > (or lesser capable editors like vi :-).=20
> Go to Format->Cells... and select the "Numbers" tab.  Then look for the "=
> field in the left-most combo box, and you should be able to take it from =

That works fine when you select specific cells, but is there a way to
set a global formatting option. In the csv file we are using for a
test, there are 6 date cells. AFAIK, I must first select each of the
cells, then go to Format->Cells, of right click in each of the cells.
What I am looking for is a way to tell calc to use this formatting for
all the date cells in the sheet. Selecting the whole spread sheet is
not the right way to do it, nor is selecting a column since the date
fields are in different columns. And, since I am working with csv
files, the formatting is not saved.=20

One solution would be to save the sheet as both an ods and csv. That
way the formatting would be preserved.=20

Jerry Feldman <gaf-mNDKBlG2WHs at>
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