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OpenOffice Calc - How use autofilter on dates?

Posted on 2006-06-24
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When I try to Autofilter on a column with dates, the pull-down that is supposed to show selected dates shows an internal date format, making it difficult to select the proper date.

How is one supposed to use this feature?
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moorhouselondon earned 375 total points
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Are you running OpenOffice 2.0?  I have tested this on my copy, and it works fine.  I did format the column up as Date beforehand.

If no suggestions come up trumps, you could always create an extra column in the spreadsheet and copy the dates across as a string, ideally YYYY/MM/DD so that a range of dates can be selected.
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by:jasimon9
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The file is an xls file that has been working in Excel for several years, and has long since had a date format.

I am wondering if the fact that it is an xls file has anything to do with it.
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by:jasimon9
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Thinking the problem might have something to do with the fact that it was an Excel file originally created by Excel, I did some more testing and have a solution.

I created a new column, formatted it as a date field, and copied the column in question via a formula in each cell. When formatting the date, I noticed that the date format in the original cell, which is dd-mmm, is not provided in the date format pulldown. So I selected a different format.

Autofilter has no trouble displaying the newly formatted dates in its pulldow. So the problem I have been having is that I was using a date format that was not fully supported. That is, it is displayed properly in the cells of the spreadsheet, but it is not displayed in the date format pulldown, nor in the autofilter pulldown.

Even though Calc can show the dates properly formated as dd-mmm (for example 25-Jun), since it is not a "native" format, it has trouble when trying to use the dates formatted this way in the AutoFilter pulldown.

So, I have the solution, and even though the suggestion was not the actual answer to the question, I am awarding points.
 
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