Process of preparing a disk for storing data. Specifically, "high-level formatting" involves the creation of a new file system and/or a boot sector.

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Merging and re-formatting paragraphs in Microsoft Word 2007

After a copy/paste mishap in Microsoft Word 2007, I ended up with text looking like this: This line breaks up here continues here, and so on here, when it should all be in a single line ...
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Macro for helping superscript last character of many rows in a single column

I'm adding footnotes (always adding footnotes) to a table and I would really like to be able to automate the repetitive nature of making my symbols superscript. Currently it’s: >enter cell>highlight ...
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Numbering to the right end of page

How can I put the content (like formula, figure) numering to the right edge of the page? I've seen it in many places, but can't seem to find how to do this the right way in OpenOffice.org writer. ...
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Opening CSV file in Excel corrupts telephone number column

I export listview data to csv file. There is a column, 'Contact No'. This column's data type is 20 field size of text in MS access. Opening this csv with Notepad, it shows the actual data value, ...
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How to set a character limit and remove characters over that limit excel 2007

I have to provide a CSV file for a telephone system with names and numbers on for a directory. The numbers cannot contain any spaces, and the names must be 20 characters max. I have a list of ...
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Using same home partition with same username while reinstalling

I use Debian Lenny and would like to change over to Squeeze. My system consists of two partitions: lenny installation & home directory partition. I have all my personal files in the home ...
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Is it possible to format a hard-drive too often?

Every couple of months I find my computer becomes sluggish, so I format the hard drive then reinstall Windows to keep it running fast. I've been doing this for about a year without any adverse ...
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Batch format changing in Libre Office

I would like to change the formatting of some pre-formatted text in a document using Libre Office. For example, I want to change every paragraph with font Arial 12pt to Helvetica 11pt. Doing this ...
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Easy way to columnize STDOUT (format text in columns)?

I just want an easy way to columnize output to the terminal. Don't care about colors. (Well, actually I do quite a bit! But there is the awesome, easy-to-use ANSI Color for that.) Shell scripts ...
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Why won't my Excel columns hold the cell format I enter? [closed]

I have a spreadsheet which has data linked in from other tabs on the same spreadsheet. Each of the source tabs has a column formatted as a number with no decimal. The tab they're linked to has the ...
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How do I go about resizing a column in Omni Outliner?

I've added some columns to Omni Outliner, and can't seem to find the control that allows me to adjust their width. The drag and drop control on the side of each column resizes the entire table. I bet ...
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How To Save Unicode Right-To-Left File File So Formatting Retains?

I want to save hebrew text with right-to-left direction into a .TXT or .HTML file but what retains is only Unicode but not right-to-left formatting. My phone (Sony Ericsson W850i) is not a smartphone ...
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Cannot initialize disk

I have a drive which has no bad sectors, and when I control panel/computer management/disk management (in Windows 7) it reports as not initialized. When I attempt to initialize, it says that the ...
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“You need to format your disk in drive X” message on my external hard drive

I have an external hard drive which worked fine and it is my backup harddrive. There are also some files on it that I would really want to keep. It's a 400GB Freecom drive in FAT32. All of a sudden, ...
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Why are some blank cells seen as zero in Excel?

We have Excel documents that date back years. Some of the document sheets haven't been touched for over 15+ years (or to the very early versions of Excel). They've had a new sheet added each year - ...
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How can I split a formula into multiple lines in OpenOffice calc?

I have this simple formula: =CONCATENATE("foo";"bar") which renders foobar on the cell. How can I lay this formula in multiple lines in the same cell? I'd like to be able to do something like the ...
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Broken Formatting When Copying From Notepad

Example: Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit, sed diam nonummy nibh euismod tincidunt ut laoreet dolore magna aliquam erat volutpat. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer ...
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How to zero-out a flash card under Linux?

Looking for a way to zero-out a flash card (any format CD/SD/MS) so that it starts completely clean? By that I mean not just formated but all zeros or a fixed pattern. It will be formated later and ...
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Is there anything I can do to save my screenless Inspiron 6000?

So, my old Inspiron 6000 was working. It had no screen, but, I was able hook a monitor up to it and use it. One thing, though, when it was booting up, BIOS would not show on the monitor. Only when it ...
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Broken Formatting In Notepad

Often I have problems with formatting in Notepad on Windows XP Home. For example hidden space between characters or line breaks. When I copy text with broken formatting to another place, it all ...
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Paste to Excel from clipboard (plain text) : Can I make certain cells to be formatted “as such”

when preparing table data as text to be copied to Excel through clipboard, is it possible to have certain cells unformatted? (If possible, without changing Excel settings or doing a special paste). ...
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Source code Formatter for Windows Live Writer

I have just downloaded the Windows Live Writer software for blogging purposes but it contains nothing for formatting source code. I have installed many plugins like code snippet, insert code etc. but ...
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A thousand JPEG images in a Word document: how can I format them in the same way?

Please suppose you have a Microsoft Word 2007 document: you have just inserted in it about a thousand of JPEG images. With the first image, you do right-click, then FORMAT PICTURE, then option ...
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Code formated with pre tag copy/paste problem

I have created a blog on Blogger and would like to display some short code snippets in my posts. I used pre tag with some simple formatting (no syntax highlighting). When displayed in browser code ...
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Send preformatted text in Skype

Sometimes I send pieces of code using Skype. Very often the text is messed up with smileys, and some brackets show up doubled. Can I somehow send text that will not be transformed? Something like ...
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Format restrictions for cell in Excel

I want a cell to only have a specified format, e.g. "01-02-03", meaning "double digit dash double digit dash double digit". I a user tries to enter something into the cell, an error should occurr ...
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What is the DOS debug script to low level format a hard drive?

What is the DOS debug script to low level format a hard drive?
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Bootable Low Level Format Tool

I am looking for a bootable low level format tool, specifically for an old maxtor HDD (ATA). I remember that long time ago I repaired a disk with such a tool, but now, googling i only find Windows ...
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My 4GB USB drive has decided that it should be 2GB

Uh. I looked at the properties on windows, it says that its formatted as RAW, and 0 bytes. When I try to format, no matter what filesystem I use, I can only format to 1.92 GB. I have tried on 2 ...
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How can I specify a sheet as range in Excel?

I want to apply conditional formatting on a sheet. I used to do Ctrl + A and then apply the formatting, but when i insert new cells or rows, this isn't included in the formatting. As you can see in ...
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How do I format a usb drive on a PC that was formatted on a Mac?

I have a SanDisk Cruser drive that was formatted for a Mac and now I want to use it for a PC (and I don't have access to the Mac. What can I do?
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Posting from evernote to wordpress

Is it possible to post texts directly from desktop Evernote application to Wordpress? Simple copy/past leadse to format break.
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convert lines to fixed column length

I would like to simply take a given text file and enforce a maximum column length of say 80. How can I turn this: Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new ...
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How can I apply a uniform format after finishing a presentation?

I realize that the slide master dictates a certain style on any new slides that are added to the presentation. However, users are free to override the style dictated by the slide master. Once all of ...
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Excel: is it possible to extract a superscript letter from a word?

I'm wondering if these is a way of using a formula to find a superscript letter, rather than just the last letter of a word. I have lots of tabs, with nearly matching tables on each one showing up to ...
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How to reformat text ignoring explicit line breaks in OpenOffice?

Quite often I find myself inserting text files in OpenOffice Writer documents, then spending inordinate amounts of time reformatting the result. The problem is that those text files contain newlines, ...
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MS Word: Derive Styles from Formatting

I have copied text from a web page to MS Word (2010). The formatting of this document is done via CSS, and all headers and text is formatted in a consistent way. The formatting is retained by Word ...
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Identical hard drives with different sizes (formatting)

I have two hard drives, which are identical, same model though purchased at different times, but in all respects the same. Afaik the manufacturer hasn't changed capacity (Seagate expansion). However, ...
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how to trully delete content of hard drive that is not working

I have an hard drive that still mechanically "works", but it can't be recognized by Windows. The disk starts up and it dies and it keeps cycling over and over and it is never recognized. I'm not ...
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Format text as code snippet in any word processor, like we do in Stackexchange sites

Its been more than six months since I'm using stackexchange, so everyone out there knows that we're speechless about how much it has been helpful to us. But a small thing about the these sites that ...
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How do I automatically number headings in Microsoft Word? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Word: continued title numbering I have a Microsoft Word document which consists of (more or less) the following heading structure (this is just the heading structure, ...
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How to reformat all columns to be hyperlinked in apple numbers?

I have a large spreadsheet where one of the columns has text hyperlinks. They are not clickable though. I can make them clickable by selecting url text and clicking Insert -> hyperlinks -> webpage. ...
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How to use external hard disk in both Windows and Mac OS X? [duplicate]

I have one external hard drive (Seagate 320 GB). I have used my hard drive in a Windows XP system and it works fine (Read and write). But when I used it on a Mac, I couldn't write any file on the disk ...
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Trouble using Cavier 2TB external HDD as internal drive

I recently got a 2TB Caviar "Greendrive" external hard drive. I tested it, and it works fine. Because of the low price I got it at, and the fact I dislike externals, I removed it from it's enclosure, ...
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is this an overlapping partition? and how do I fix it?

I am using Ubuntu and wanted to clone my HD with the dd command. I have used it before but this time I got an error message: Warning: invalid flag 0x0000 of partition table 5 will be corrected by ...
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Excel Formatting Issue Without Being Administrator

Having a real weird issue. A few excel files sent to my office open fine as Administrator. However, as a standard account it opens with all of the cells shrunk and the formatting completely messed up. ...
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How can I format a NTFS drive from DOS?

I want to format my pc from DOS while the operating system fall and the type of drives are NTFS. When I try to format it these messages appear: invalid drive specification format not supported in ...
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OSX Mail.app send only plaintext but read as html

I get email which seems properly plaintext formatted, but when I forward it out, the font size ends up being enormous and a few other formatting stupidities. So I tried the following: defaults write ...
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How to format Windows XP without CD?

I have only one partition called C, that drive holds the operating system and all the documents. I don't have a CD-ROM hence I can't use the installation CD. Is there any way to format the drive or ...
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Does frequently formatting and reinstalling an operating system damage a hard drive?

I tend to format and reinstall my operating system fairly frequently (about once a month). I apologize for my lack of technical terms, but I do not perform a "full format" (the type of formatting that ...