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Bug 61286 - VIEWING: Wrong formula showing
Summary: VIEWING: Wrong formula showing
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Calc (show other bugs)
(earliest affected) release
Hardware: Other Windows (All)
: medium normal
Assignee: Not Assigned
Whiteboard: BSA
Depends on:
Reported: 2013-02-22 15:39 UTC by olafbond
Modified: 2015-03-12 06:09 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

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Description olafbond 2013-02-22 15:39:29 UTC
Problem description: 

To put text starting from special symbols like "-" or "=" we should put sybol "'" first. And this symbol should not be visible. Now it is.

Operating System: Windows XP
Version: release
Comment 1 Winfried Donkers 2013-04-18 07:32:46 UTC
I confirm behaviour on version 4.0.2 (Windows)

entering ['=DATE] (without []) in a cell shows the ' in front.
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Comment 3 Winfried Donkers (retired) 2015-03-04 06:39:43 UTC
Bug is still present in versions 4.3.6 and current master (
Comment 4 olafbond 2015-03-04 07:02:31 UTC
Still on
The way to avoid the issue is to apply format 'Text' to a cell and then reenter a text.
Comment 5 Jean-Baptiste Faure 2015-03-12 06:09:39 UTC
Not a bug for me. It always worked this way and it works as designed.
If you want to enter a text starting with = you only have to add a space before it. In other word, if the = sign is not the first character in the cell, it is not interpreted as a formula.
The quote is intended to say that a number must be seen as a character string.

Closing as NotABug. Please, feel free to reopen if you disagree. In such a case, please, explain why you think that is a bug.

Best regards. JBF