Textexpander in Google Sheets adds a line break upon expansion in Firefox
I've come across a problem with using Textexpander in Google Sheets in Firefox.
Say I have a snippet that expands to =INDEX(B2:B,MATCH("green",A2:A,0),1)
Now if I expand that by just typing the abbreviation shortcut, i.e. gs.index, it gets expanded, but has a line break before it within the cell so it doesn't get recognised as a formula. I have to manually delete the line break out.
However, if I use the global keyboard shortcut to search for the snippet and select it from the list, when entered, it goes into the cell without a preceding line break and gets registered as a formula.
Is there anyway to overcome this issue that you know of? I'm using Firefox 85.0.2, mainly because I'm on High Sierra and Safari cannot be updated beyond 13.1.2. Incidentally, I don't get this problem when using Safari.
I've raised this with the guys at Smile Software too, but asking here as it does seem to be a Firefox-specific issue.
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In late 2019/early 2020, there was a known problem where deleting the contents of a Sheets cell caused a line break character to be injected into it: https://support.mozilla.org/questions/1272896
That was supposed to have been fixed long ago, but maybe there's a subtle difference with TextExpander that still triggers that issue?
What if you type =gs.index -- do you get:
- double == at the beginning of the cell
- = then line break then =
- nothing, TextExpander ignores it
I see Smile has a Windows version I could trial, but one never knows whether Windows and Mac software will behave the same.
Hi there. Thanks for taking the time. Apologies, I did try a search for Google Sheets but didn't unearth this issue.
As per the above, if I type =gs.index, Textexpander doesn't come into play and GS just accepts it which results in #NAME? being displayed as GS doesn't recognise the range.
I was hoping to find time to test TextExpander, but haven't yet. Sorry!