Tips & tricks for FreeOffice PlanMaker

Localized function names

Microsoft Excel uses localized function names, as does PlanMaker when you switch to a user interface language other than English. For example, the English SUM function is called SOMME in French, SUMA in Spanish, and Сумм in Russian.

The English PlanMaker manual lists only the English function names, so you might have to look up localized function names. This PlanMaker .pmd file contains a cross-reference of all PlanMaker functions.

Inserting the current date and time

Question: How do I insert the current date or time into a worksheet? I don't want to use the functions TODAY() and NOW() because they are continuously updated.

Answer: Press Ctrl+. for the date and Ctrl+Shift+. for the time.

Changing the zoom level with the mouse

If you have a mouse with a scroll wheel, you can use it to quickly change the zoom level at which a worksheet is displayed. Press the Ctrl button on your keyboard, keep it depressed, and move the scroll wheel on your mouse up or down.

Multiple currencies in a document

Unlike other spreadsheets, PlanMaker lets you use any number of different currencies in each document.

To display a number as a currency amount, execute the command Format > Cell, select the number format Currency and pick the desired currency (such as euro, sFr, US Dollar etc.).

You can also simply enter a number with a currency symbol. For example, if you type € 42 or 19,50 € in a cell, PlanMaker recognizes automatically that this is a euro amount and formats it in the currency format "€".

Combining two columns into one

Question: I have a worksheet with area codes (for example 123) in column A and phone numbers (for example 456-7890) in column B. How do I combine them into a single column as "123-456-7890"?

Answer: Enter the formula =A1&"-"&B1 in cell C1, then copy this formula to the cells below as many times as you have phone numbers.

Now you have the combined phone numbers, but only as formulas. If you want to convert them to literal values, select the new formulas and copy them with Edit > Copy to the clipboard. Leave the formulas selected and execute the command Edit > Paste Special. Switch the option Convert formulas to values on and click on OK. Now your worksheet contains the phone numbers as literal values.