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I have an OpenOffice spreadsheet into which I occasionally copy/paste snippets from web pages. However, I need the file, as a whole, to be free of fancy formatting and non-ASCII text. Is tried highlighting cells and selecting "Default Formatting" but this still seems to keep extraneous characters even though it looks like normal text to the human eye.

If this is not possible, is there a way to at least reveal the "raw" data within a cell so that I can manually strip it?

Thanks, Jeff

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Your best bet is to save it as a csv (Comma Seperated Values)

They are saved as:

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If I save it as CSV, will it automatically convert everything to ASCII? Can I reimport it back to its original format after that? – gonzobrains May 31 '12 at 12:32
It depends on the encoding you choose on save – Cole Johnson May 31 '12 at 14:00
my goal is to remove characters that don't display properly in older systems. – gonzobrains Jun 13 '12 at 3:51

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