OpenOffice Calc: Copy Formulae


I have a document with some VLookup() calls in it, which refer to an external file.

I want to copy this sheet into a different document.


If I copy / paste or Copy Sheet, the formulae break (unable to locate the external file, giving REF? errors).

Solution comes courtesy of

Find & Replace

(Search in formulae)

Replace = with #.

This changes forumlae into harmless text strings.

Copy/paste the cells containing these text strings.

Search / Replace # back to =.

The text strings revert back to real formulae again.


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