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How to enter a percentage value into a cell

Problem

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.

Explanation

The option, selected from the menu Tools ▸ AutoCorrect Options ▸ Localized Options, 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. règles typographiques française.

Workarounds

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
copie d'écran barre d'outils formatage
Preformating with the button or the keyboard
  • 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 cell style ▸ Modify
    • Font tab
    • modify the language (money values will not be affected as they are defined by Tools ▸ Options ▸ Language settings ▸ Languages, Default currency)