Bug 87843 - text-strings in CALC limited to 255 characters per cell
Summary: text-strings in CALC limited to 255 characters per cell
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: LibreOffice (show other bugs)
(earliest affected) release
Hardware: x86 (IA32) Windows (All)
: medium normal
Assignee: Not Assigned
Depends on:
Reported: 2014-12-29 22:06 UTC by maik
Modified: 2021-09-19 03:45 UTC (History)
4 users (show)

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Sample file with a text larger than 256 characters. (9.67 KB, application/x-vnd.oasis.opendocument.spreadsheet)
2014-12-30 00:23 UTC, m.a.riosv

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Description maik 2014-12-29 22:06:50 UTC
When I copy text into a cell in CALC, the txt will be cut after 255 characters. More characters per cell would be desirable.
Comment 1 m.a.riosv 2014-12-30 00:23:37 UTC
Created attachment 111498 [details]
Sample file with  a text larger than 256 characters.

Thanks for reporting.

Please can you link or attach a text to reproduce the issue. As it can be seen in attached file not such limitation.
Comment 2 maik 2014-12-31 10:45:09 UTC
bug occurs only, when I copy cells from excel to LO. then LO makes a cut at 255 characters. did not have the problem, when copy from writer or internet.
Comment 3 QA Administrators 2015-07-18 17:35:13 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 4 m.a.riosv 2015-08-23 23:45:12 UTC
Please @maik, is the issue solved?
Comment 5 viviana 2016-01-13 14:00:02 UTC
(In reply to m.a.riosv from comment #4)
> Please @maik, is the issue solved?

Hi @m.a.riosv! I'm not maik, but I've exactly the same problem:
when I copy&paste FROM Microsoft Excel TO Calc, the text will be cut after 255 characters.

The same text will be pasted if it's from Notepad++

Tested on LibreOffice Vers.

What about the bug state? Must I change in "REOPENED"?

(I'm not so experienced, it's my first time :-])
Comment 6 m.a.riosv 2016-01-13 15:12:05 UTC
(In reply to viviana from comment #5)
> (I'm not so experienced, it's my first time :-])
Of course do it.

I have not excel to test, but please add your excel and windows version.

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Comment 7 viviana 2016-01-19 15:31:49 UTC
I've done, thank you :)

My Excel version: Excel 2010
My O.S. version: Windows 7 Professional
Comment 8 Buovjaga 2016-10-21 17:09:59 UTC
Let's correct status to NEW.

viviana: is the problem still present in 5.2.2?
Comment 9 Urmas 2016-10-23 04:10:02 UTC
Yes, I can reproduce that with LO 5.3 and Excel 97.

It is interesting that Excel herself can copy long texts within a workbook, but not between its instances.

I can see the full text in Biff8 Clipboard data, but they are not recognized either by LO or Excel.
Comment 10 QA Administrators 2017-10-24 06:59:32 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 11 Jonathan 2019-09-19 15:56:58 UTC
Same problem. When copying from Excel to CALC, only 255 characters are pasted. 

Libre Office v6.3.1.2
Microsoft Office 2016
Comment 12 QA Administrators 2021-09-19 03:45:28 UTC
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