Copy only visible cells

This extension provides an alternative to the 'Select Visible Cells' command in Microsoft Excel. It´s useful to use with subtotals or ranges with hidden columns or rows.

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latest release: 2024-03-21 15:08:57


To use Copy only visible cells, do the following steps:

1. install the extension;

2. restart LibreOffice;

3. open your sheet with hidden rows or columns;

4. select a range;

5. insted the simple copy button, click on Copy only visible cells button (or Edit -> Copy only visible cells menu);

6. paste in your target document, for example, another sheet or a RTF text table.

The hidden rows or columns won´t paste.

Note: it´s not possible paste especial with 'DDE Link' option in Writer.

Available on 16 languages: Bulgarian, Catalan, Danish, Dutch, English (default language), Estonian, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Lithuanian, Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese (Portugal), Slovenian, Spanish and Swedish. Special thanks: Andrew Pitonyak, Stephan Wunderlich, Ryan Nelson, Sheila Tozatti, Paolo Mantovani, Christian Junker and Comune di Bologna.


Release List

Release Description Compatibility Operating Systems License Release notes   2.0 The code was completely refactored for LibreOffice 5.2.x. 5.2 Linux, Windows, macOS LGPL Download 1.2 Added 5.0 and 5.1 compatibility. Important: this version is not 5.2 compatible. 5.0 Linux, Windows, macOS LGPL Download 1.1 Big ranges copy bug fixed. 4.1 LGPL Download 1.0.5 New Catalan and Dutch translations. 3.3 LGPL Download
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  • John Leonard Oct 13, 2023, 11:35 PM (8 months ago)

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    sometimes it works but sometimes it does this with subtotals
    Item 1 Sum -7058.84
    Item 2 Sum #REF!
    Item 3 Sum #REF!
    Grand Sum -7058.84

  • Timur Gadzo Oct 25, 2022, 12:33 PM (19 months ago)

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    No need for this anymore, as from LO 7.2 there is new "Select Visible Cells" so that only that can be copied.
    As in Help

  • bill pernell Oct 6, 2022, 4:04 PM (20 months ago)

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    Does not work at all. LibreOffice version on MacOS Monterey (12.4). After several crashes trying to get the extension installed, i now have a button and menu item for "Copy only visible cells," however when i click that and try to paste anywhere else (another sheet or a plain text document), the hidden rows are pasted into the new document, just like before installed the extension.

  • Milen Iliev Jul 20, 2022, 7:58 PM (23 months ago)

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    worked for me, using Version: on ubuntu. Had to wait a minute for it to sort through about 4000 row, if I pasted too soon, it didn't work.

  • Michał Faflik Sep 10, 2021, 3:38 PM (3 years ago)

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    I didn't check other use cases but in case of subtotals it simply doesn't work. the result is in #REF error in pasted cells instead of values.
    Version: (x64)
    Build ID: 144abb84a525d8e30c9dbbefa69cbbf2d8d4ae3b
    CPU threads: 4; OS: Windows 6.3 Build 9600; UI render: Skia/Raster; VCL: win
    Locale: pl-PL (pl_PL); UI: pl-PL
    Calc: threaded

  • Paul Janzen Jul 8, 2021, 3:56 AM (3 years ago)

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    I am using LibreOffice Calc (x64) on Linux Mint 20.1 and for me it works exactly as described. Congratulations to the developers.

  • Paul Madley May 8, 2021, 8:14 PM (3 years ago)

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    I'm running Calc on Fedora. It did exactly what I needed to. Only ~600 rows but it worked fine.

  • Joe Public Mar 17, 2021, 9:22 PM (3 years ago)

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    It doesn't work. My LibreOffice is version Versión: (x64) and don't do what it is promised. If you have filtered rows it copy and paste well, but with hidden columns it doesn't copy well. With all my respects to all the collaborators of this software, LibreOffice is a very good tool, but I don't know how this USEFULL function isn't integrated into the "LibreOffice" nucleus for a long time. When you filter rows or hide columns an later want to copy what you see in your screen, why libreOffice copy what you don't see? It has no sense. Thanks.

  • David K Feb 27, 2021, 5:12 PM (3 years ago)

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    Seems to work OK with a small number of cells but trying to copy 5K filtered cells from a 50K row spreadsheet didn't work. Libreoffice just ran at 100% CPU for minutes and nothing was in the clipboard.

    • Paul Madley May 8, 2021, 8:15 PM (3 years ago)

      That's my impression. I did notice the spinny "somethings happening" cursor for a split second, when I clicked "Copy only visible cells" on about 600 rows.

  • denis Nov 2, 2020, 7:19 AM (4 years ago)

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    no, ir doesn't work with cells, linked with neighbors. I installed it only to solve this case...

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