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From Bill Dillinger <>
Subject Re: OO spreadsheet question
Date Wed, 02 May 2012 15:34:23 GMT
Thanks to All! Really quick responses. I have created a new folder in 
Thunderbird to save mail from this group as the responses are really 
good. Paul's response was first and lead me to an easy answer. My dialog 
box had a check for "Quoted field as text". When I unchecked this box 
the numbers came in as numbers.

In my files most fields were included in double quotes,", rather than 
the single quotes as in Paul's example. Interesting to me the date field 
was preceded by 3 quotes and followed by one and it still comes in with 
a leading ' in the formula window but that doesn't hurt. All text fields 
still come in as text so I am good.

Thanks again.
Bill Dillinger

On 5/2/2012 10:48 AM, Paul M. Nguyen wrote:
> I believe the dialog box that appears when you attempt to open a .csv 
> file allows you to specify various characteristics of how the file is 
> structured. The fields could be tab-delimited or comma-delimited (or 
> any arbitrary character) and fields may be enclosed in other 
> punctuation that OOo can strip out for you in interpreting that 
> file... Would you mind attaching a couple rows worth of your sample 
> input so we can help you find the right import settings?
> If your data looks like what is in the file I attached, then the 
> correct settings for you would be to set the Separator options to 
> comma-delimited and change the drop-down "Text delimiter" to a single 
> quote (') instead of backtick (`) which was the default on my system 
> (OOo 3.3 on Mac OS X 10.6.8). You'll see the quotes removed in the 
> preview before you finish opening the file.
> Good luck!
> --
> Paul M. Nguyen
> On Wed, May 2, 2012 at 10:25 AM, Bill Dillinger < 
> <>> wrote:
>     When I download my bank statements they come as  .csv  files. When I
>     open these in the Open Office spreadsheet the fields with numbers come
>     in as characters and the formula window shows them to be preceded by
>      a quote, ', mark. I have looked through 'help' but have not found
>     a way
>     to remove the leading quote or to reformat the column to numbers so
>     they can be used in calculations.
>     I would appreciate it if someone would tell me how to change these
>     columns
>     of characters into numbers.

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