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How to insert OpenOffice spreadsheet into an email

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I have trouble formatting a simple spreadsheet (OpenOffice) info into an email. Thunderbird appears to delete all tabs and it's difficult to line up the data after OO has "cleaned" the inserted table. I'm not doing complicated speadsheets, just simple tables with a few lines and columns.

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The method I use (with Libre Office rather than Open Office, but I doubt that makes a difference) is simply to highlight the block of cells in the spreadsheet, ctrl + c, and then ctrl + v into the body of the email. I can't vouch that it keeps tab stops because I don't use them in a spreadsheet, but it does preserve column alignment, width etc. However you need to make sure that the email is being composed in HTML format, I doubt that it would work with plain text.

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I don't see how to compose mail in "HTML format". Where are you finding this option? I tried using "Insert HTML" when pasting into a normal compose window, but the result is a continuous line of text rather than a table.

BTW, the tabs seem to be inserted/deleted by Thunderbird. There's no tabs in a spreadsheet. I've tried lining up the columns with spaces, but I can't make it predictable.

Modified by James Burke

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While this image is of a ubuntu linux install the menu in question is same make sure the highlighted option IS checked to get the effect you desire as described in amanchesterman's response.