With = table cell, I get a lot of unrelated results involving table cells, but not how to enter = as an entry, without things going haywire. With just = "No documents match your query"
Both ways, "Your search did not match any documents. Please make sure that all words are spelled correctly and that you've selected enough categories."
Using Clearview to search the Writer Guide:
Similar results to help.
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Visit https://help.libreoffice.org/6.4/en-US/search
2. Search for table cell =
3. Search for =
After 2, many other results involving table cells, but not how to enter = in a table cell.
After 3, "No documents match your query"
Relevant workarounds for bugs involving =, e.g. how to enter = in a table cell, without triggering math functions.
User Profile Reset: No
Using LibreOffice 220.127.116.11 nbc for accessibility reasons. Similar behavior in NeoOffice. Cannot test LibreOffice standard due to blinking cursors.
To locate pages about formulas in table, search for "table formula text document".
Your report is mixing issues in more than one service: Help, bugzilla and guide books.
Consider that this report should address the Help of LibreOffice. Please restate the issue you have. Is it the search feature of the Help page?
(Others source of information (bugzilla, Guides) have their own report and community).
Yes, it's primarily the search feature of the help page.
[Automated Action] NeedInfo-To-Unconfirmed
If you search how to enter the text "=" into a cell, you just need to press "=" and to press ENTER. This is what you was asking for?...
Writing "=" in a table cell yields "=" not =.
Writing "=" in https://bugs.documentfoundation.org/docs/en/html/search.html yields "Your search did not match any documents. Please make sure that all words are spelled correctly and that you've selected enough categories." not a list of bugs and workarounds involving =.
(In reply to MarjaE from comment #5)
> Writing "=" in a table cell yields "=" not =.
That is true.
But did you try to put your cursor in a cell, then press the = key, followed by the Enter key.
When I do that, then I get = alone in the cell.
Is that what you wanted to do?
That's what I wanted to do. Instead, if I type = in a table cell in a Writer document, the page flashes, and something pops up at the top of the screen. If I try to click another cell, the page flashes again, and something gets added.
Created attachment 167287 [details]
Screen shot of something that pops up after trying to enter =
(In reply to MarjaE from comment #7)
> That's what I wanted to do. Instead, if I type = in a table cell in a Writer
> document, the page flashes, and something pops up at the top of the screen.
Thanks for your quick reply. BogdanB and I were describing the procedure in Calc.
In Writer, please do this.
1. Put cursor in cell.
2. Press spacebar = (that is, enter a space and then enter = )
3. Then move cursor back to the space (with mouse or with cursor key) and delete the space.
I believe this will achieve what you want.
You have discovered (by accident) the standard or expected behavior of tables in Writer.
(It is possible to use Tables in Writer to do operations that are usually found in spreadsheets. There is no setting or option to "turn off" this behavior, so use the technique of adding and removing the space.)
I do not think this technique is mentioned in the online help, so I will confirm the bug and add a tip about the technique.
Seth Chaiklin committed a patch related to this issue.
It has been pushed to "master":
tdf#131077 add tip about how to enter an equal sign in a Writer table
The result will be seen in: https://help.libreoffice.org/7.1/en-US/text/swriter/guide/calculate.html
Have also added some index items, so you if write: table
into the index, then you will see an item: table -- starting cell with =
But it usually takes a few days before the patch moves from master to the online help.
Closing as FIXED