Frequently asked questions - Calc
How to enter a percentage value into a cell
When I type a value like 19,6% into a cell , a space is automatically inserted just before the % character. When I validate, the text aligns to the left, indicating that the content of the cell is considered as text and not a numeric value. The cell is therefore not usable for calculations.
The option, selected from the menu règles typographiques française.▸ ▸ , entitled Add non-breaking space before specific punctuation marks in French text, allows you to insert a non-breaking space in front of double punctuation marks such as (:;?!%), as required by French typographical rules.
Some possible ways of working around this are:
- preformat the cell with the format percentage ; the symbol % will be automatically inserted without a space after entry
- either by applying a style,
- or by using the format menu (or the context menu),
- or directly with the key combination Ctrl+⇧ Shift+5,
- or simply by clicking on the Format tool in the Formatting toolbar
- deactivate the function. The consequence is that this functionality will be deactivated in all modules (Writer, Impress...)
- delete the space inserted automatically :
- either a posteriori by editing the content of the cell
- or immediately after entering the character % using Ctrl+Z
- force the recognition of a numeric value
- begin cell content with an = sign
- begin cell content with a + sign (it doesn't matter if the value is negative)
- modify the language to one for which this option is not active. For example in Canadian French, the non-breaking space is only inserted before the : character.
- In the Styles and Formatting window, right-click on Default ▸
- Font tab
- modify the language (money values will not be affected as they are defined by ▸ ▸ ▸ , Default currency)