Bug 71747 - EDITING: 'insert current date' inserts also time and immediately
Summary: EDITING: 'insert current date' inserts also time and immediately
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Calc (show other bugs)
(earliest affected) release
Hardware: Other Windows (All)
: medium normal
Assignee: Not Assigned
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Reported: 2013-11-18 16:09 UTC by mkobylan
Modified: 2015-09-04 09:43 UTC (History)
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Description mkobylan 2013-11-18 16:09:56 UTC
Feature 'Insert current date' (shortcut CTRL+;) inserts not only current date but also current time (full time stamp). This is different from ms excel and that breaks some formulas. Though cell is formatted as date only but you can clearly see there's time too in input line.
In addition date and time is put into cell without confirmation with Enter. This is different from ms excel and disallows user to add some text after the date.
Shortcut key doesn't work when editing cell. This is different from ms excel and disallows user to add some text before the date.
Excel's behavior of this feature is more flexible.
Workaround is to delete time afterwards (which may take more time than entering date manually) and/or add text before&after date.
Comment 1 GerardF 2013-11-18 20:09:07 UTC

Insert current date (Ctrl+;) and Insert current time (Ctrl+Shift+;) insert both the current Date-Time.
Only format is different.

It could be source of error.

About the 2nd problem, Insert in Edit mode, I'm not an Excel user and can't confirm this way if entering date stamp and if this is really usefull...
Comment 2 hans.schmidt.5 2014-08-27 14:55:10 UTC
I also confirm this (Version This is especially wrong if calculating the difference between two dates.

For example:

2014-08-27 minus 2014-08-26 should be 1.

But, if 'Insert current date' is used, the time will be used in calculation as well. For example:

2014-08-27 14:00 minus 2014-08-26 16:00 equals 0.9166666667.

This is even done if the cell formatting is set to date only.

Please fix this. This is clearly a bug :) Thanks!
Comment 3 QA Administrators 2015-09-04 02:48:56 UTC
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Comment 4 mkobylan 2015-09-04 09:43:46 UTC
Works in 
and in latest 
CTRL+; inserts current date only as requested. Cell is not left in editing mode but date or time is inserted into cell even if there's already something else in the cell so it is possible to insert current date & time by consecutive pressing CTRL+; and CTRL+:. Keyboard shortcuts works also in editing mode so it is possible to add text before and/or after inserted date or time.