Bug 138378 - Table Entry Automatically Converted from Text to Date
Summary: Table Entry Automatically Converted from Text to Date
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Writer (show other bugs)
(earliest affected) release
Hardware: All Linux (All)
: medium normal
Assignee: Not Assigned
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Reported: 2020-11-20 16:46 UTC by larrybradley
Modified: 2020-11-20 18:17 UTC (History)
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Description larrybradley 2020-11-20 16:46:00 UTC
Typing a month and year (e.g., December 1981) into a table cell automatically converts the cell entry to a date format (12/01/81). This is the most annoying and dumbest "feature" I have encountered in years. Further, there is no readily evident way of stopping the conversion and preserving the text format so that it will not change automatically to a date format. PLEASE REMOVE THIS "FEATURE"!

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Type "December 1981" into table cell, then tab to or click in next cell.

Actual Results:
Automatically converts text to date style: 12/01/81. 

Expected Results:
It should not automatically change my style based on some senseless anticipation of what "I really intended to do." 

Reproducible: Always

User Profile Reset: No

Additional Info:
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Locale: en-US
Module: TextDocument
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OS: Linux (All)
OS is 64bit: yes
Comment 1 Mike Kaganski 2020-11-20 18:17:49 UTC
This works as intended, has a documented configuration (uncheck menu Table->Number Recognition; additional ways documented at [1]). This question is not a bug report or feature request, but rather a user question (of "How to" category) that should be asked on user support resources like https://ask.libreoffice.org.

Closing NOTABUG.

[1] https://help.libreoffice.org/7.0/en-US/text/swriter/guide/number_date_conv.html