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I can't find any strings in the open office calc(version 3.2.1 in windows) document (*.xls) by doing a search(Ctrl+F).I tried with all options and then also i didn't get any positive result.

All suggestions are welcome!

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please don't sign off each and every past with your (nick)name. Also, what're you searching for ? Examples ? Screenshots ? – Sathya Jan 20 '11 at 13:25
Ok.thanks. In my xls, when i do a search for word "code" , it will not hit..even when the document contains 1000 times the word "code" – Renjith G Jan 20 '11 at 13:32
Do you have formulas in your spreadsheet ? Have you checked the option to see if search is checking formulas too ? – Sathya Jan 20 '11 at 15:32
yes. i have selected the "formulas" for search – Renjith G Jan 21 '11 at 4:02

I had this problem in Open Office Calc(*.ods)(version 4.0.1). The result when searching for a string I could clearly see was always "Search key not found". Solved when I realised I had ticked "entire cells"in "Find & Replace" for a particular purpose, and then forgotten to untick it.

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