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[Solved] Convert time of a cell entry to a fix number

PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2019 10:13 pm
by Kryonox
Hi
Is it possible that when I enter a number in one cell, I can have the date and time off that imput in another cell. So that the date and time of entry does not change.
Or in other words, I want a certain cell give me the date and time when I entered a number in a specific cell? So, that time is fix and I can do calculations with it.
Thank you

Re: Convert time of a cell entry to a fix number.

PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2019 11:09 pm
by RusselB
Welcome to the Forums.
OpenOffice doesn't offer this ability without using several steps or a macro. I seem to recall another helper made a macro that handled this for dates, which means it should be able to handle times, as times are only fractions of dates.... wasn't able to find the post with a quick search, but I'll keep trying and/or (hopefully) the helper that did the macro (if I'm not wrong) can post it or link to it.

LibreOffice, I believe, has the ability to return the current date/time as a fixed number, but I'm not as familiar with LibreOffice Calc as I am OpenOffice Calc, and some quick looking and experimentation didn't produce the results I was hoping for.

Thus, for OpenOffice Calc, possibly LibreOffice Calc this ability isn't built in.

Re: Convert time of a cell entry to a fix number.

PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2019 12:51 am
by jrkrideau
Kryonox wrote:Hi
Is it possible that when I enter a number in one cell, I can have the date and time off that imput in another cell. So that the date and time of entry does not change.
Or in other words, I want a certain cell give me the date and time when I entered a number in a specific cell? So, that time is fix and I can do calculations with it.
Thank you


I am not sure I understand this. Are you asking for a way the enter a number in A1 and have a timestamp for time of entry in B1 as an example? If so a bit of googling on Insert timestamp in Openoffice calc will pull up a couple of things but I am not sure how useful they may be.

Re: Convert time of a cell entry to a fix number.

PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2019 1:28 am
by Villeroy
RusselB wrote:OpenOffice doesn't offer this ability without using several steps or a macro.

OpenOffice includes the Base component with a HSQL database engine. HSQL can add the current date, time or time stamp to every new record added to a database table.

Re: Convert time of a cell entry to a fix number.

PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 2019 3:50 pm
by Kryonox
First of all thank you all, for your quick reply. Helped me a lot.
Russel: I think I found that macro, just couldn't make it work.... well not yet (I must and will look further into Macro's).
jrkrideau: well you gave me the exact word to google (which I didn't know) ... a Timestamp.
which made me found the solution that works for me ... for the moment that is.
What I did/do:
Tools>Options>Oo Calc>Calculate : Iterations steps set to 1 (do not really understand what this does ....)
and then in the cell which must contain the date/time as a fixed number the formula: =IF(D359="";"";IF(G359="";NOW();G359))
so when I enter something in cell D359, the date/time enters automatically in G359
Thank you all