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April 21, 2008


I have tried sorting data on open office but unlike MS excel it only sorts the data in the column selected. eg: if you have data containing personal information you would not want one column sorting itself without correspondingly sorting the others associated with it. I think this is a major fault.

Is it possible to sort by more than three criteria like it is in Excel 2007. I have test data that i need to sort by 6 or more different criteria and I hate to have to purchase Office 2007 to do it if not necessary. Thanks for any suggestions.

It's not possible to sort by more than three from what I'm reading...which is unfortunate as it's possible in MS....some developers say "if you need more than three switch to base" (database program). The sort feature is definitely not 100% :(

I know this has nothing to do with your post, but I am at a loss as to how to perform a (seemingly) simple function in OpenOffice Calc.
I have a column containing sequential dates through the year, and in the next column, in every seven cells, I would like to have a date range of the previous week listed. Does this make sense? (I've written & rewritten & rewritten AGAIN this question, and it still seems confusing.

For example:

Column A has descending days of the week listed:
Sun = cell A1
Mon = cell A2
Tues = cell A3
Wed = cell A4
Thurs = cell A5
Fri = cell A6
Sat = cell A7

Column B has descending dates for the whole year:
01/01/09 = cell B1
01/02/09 = cell B2
01/03/09 = cell B3
01/04/09 = cell B4
01/05/09 = cell B5
01/06/09 = cell B6
01/07/09 = cell B7

In Column C, I would like to have every 7th (seventh) cell hold the date range for the previous 7 cells in Column B:
01/01/09 - 01/07/09 = cell C7

......I hope this makes SOME KIND of sense to you, since I am dumbfounded on how this can be accomplished without typing our the date ranges as text throughout the entire year and for each year to come.

Thanks for your time,
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Don't just select the column, select ALL of the data you want to sort, headers included.

If you select just a column it will only sort that column.

I wanted to address the comment from Sid. How do you subtract one date from another? You have a beginning date, some dates in the middle and an end date. Let's say they're in column G.

You just do the subtraction.


- be sure that the cell that the formula is in, is formatted as a number not a date. Format > Cells, Number tab, select Number as the format.

- And to make it a positive value, use the =ABS() formula around the subtraction to make an absolute value.

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