Entering data into a cell can be as simple as selecting the cell, typing your data, then pressing Enter or moving the selection to another cell with one of the arrow keys. Depending on how you enter the data, Calligra Sheets will interpret it as a number, date, time or text:
Numbers are entered in the obvious way;
456.7or in scientific notation
Dates should be entered in your “System” format, as defined in the System Settings in → → tab. If, for example, you are using the DD/MM/YYYY form you should enter
30/03/2012for 30th March 2012. Leading zeroes can be omitted from the day and month fields and only the last one or two digits of the year need to be entered if the date is in the current century, for example
9/1/9for 9th January 2009.
Times should also be entered using the “System” format. For example if you are using a 12 hour clock then enter times in HH:MIN am|pm or HH:MIN:SS am|pm format such as
Calligra Sheets defines any input data as “text” if it cannot recognize the data as being a number, date or time.
By default, Calligra Sheets right justifies numbers, dates and times within a cell and left justifies anything else. This can be a useful guide to whether you have entered a date or time in the correct format. But remember that how items are displayed can be changed by altering the cell format.
The main text entry box in the Cell Editor tool options provides an easy way of editing the contents of a selected cell. Press Enter or click on the green tick mark when you are happy with what you have entered, or click on the red cross to cancel your edits.
Calligra Sheets uses the “Generic” cell format as default. As long as this format is used, Calligra Sheets autodetects the actual data type depending on the current cell data. For example if you enter some text into a cell and later enter a number into the same cell, Calligra Sheets automatically interprets the new data as a number. If you want to define the type of data yourself, you can explicitly set it in the cell format. You can change the format back to “Generic” at any time.