Questions tagged [formatting]

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. For text formatting, use [text-formatting].

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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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How do I fix my USB drive to get its original 8GB size back?

My USB drive used to be originally 8GB when I bought it. I'm trying to reformatted in Windows 7 by right clicking on the drive and selecting Format.... But the capacity only shows 250MB. Is there ...
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Formatting a comma-delimited CSV to force Excel to interpret value as a string

I've been searching around for a while trying to figure out how to output a CSV file in such a way to force Excel to interpret the values as a string and not try to convert them to numbers or dates. ...
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How to copy multi-line text from Excel without quotes?

When you create a multi-line string in an excel cell (by using Alt-Enter), if you copy that cell to a text editor, excel will automatically add double quotes (") around the full string, ie: Cell1 | ...
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How can I set Excel to always import all columns of CSV files as Text?

Though I try to avoid it, I occasionally have to open a CSV file in Excel. When I do, it formats columns containing numbers, which makes them useless for my purposes. As far as I can tell, the only ...
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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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Excel copy-paste: always match destination formatting

I use Excel to crunch numbers, so I usually don't want to copy the formatting along with the text. But this is the default. Is there a way to default to always match destination formatting when ...
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Prevent Microsoft Word from wrapping tables across columns and pages

When writing technical documents, it is often required for tables to not wrap across columns and page breaks, so that all data from a given table are displayed in one place. In LaTeX, there is a ...
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Unable to format disk: 'The system cannot find the file specified'

I have a USB flash drive, which I may have mucked up, so I used DISKPART's CLEAN to clean it up. I created a simple volume, and tried to format it. (This is all using Windows' disk management.) I was ...
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Excel displays ### for long text - what's wrong?

We've got an excel sheet with a pretty long text in one cell. Instead of line breaks (as set in the cell format), we get a long line of ####s. We can go back and forth by deleting and adding chars at ...
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How do I make a bullet point in a Slack message?

I would like to make a bulleted list in a Slack message. How do I do this?
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Is it best to reformat the hard drive to exFAT using 512kb chunk, or smaller or bigger chunks?

I can reformat a brand new 2TB WD Passport drive to exFAT, with choice of many "Allocation Unit Size": 128kb 256kb 512kb 1024kb 4096kb 16384kb 32768kb which one is best if this drive is mainly used ...
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Having some text align left and other align right, in same line

In Word 2016 is there a way to align the first portion of text to the left, then the next part to the right? For example I used tab to accomplish the bellow, but it doesn't work very well and would ...
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How can a paragraph be reformatted in Notepad++?

How can I reformat a paragraph in Notepad++? In UltraEdit I can select one or more long lines and reformat the paragraph to the set right margin (e.g. 60 or 80) by menu command Format/Reformat ...
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What's the purpose of the "Capacity" selection in the "Format Volume" dialog?

When formatting my hard drives or USB flash drives, I've always seen the "Capacity" cascade menu with only one option. The image below is taken when trying to format a 1 TB HDD on Windows 10. If ...
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How to remove Word heading style without losing the formatting?

I have received a word file where lots of text has the style Heading 1 but was later formatted to not look like the Heading 1 style. Whenever I do a refresh of the TOC it will insert the complete ...
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How can I remove this large gap above my footnotes in MS Word?

How can I remove this large gap above my footnotes in MS Word 2003? I've checked all the usual stuff like paragraphs settings, including for the Normal & Footnote styles. This is the first set ...
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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 effects;...
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Modify styles in OneNote 2010

I'm running OneNote 2010 and wondering if there is a way to edit the default styles? If you change the default font, the styles won't be changed. Is there any template, registry key or file that ...
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Color Cell Based On Text Value

An Excel column contains a text value representing the category of that row. Is there a way to format all cells having a distinct value a unique color without manually creating a conditional format ...
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How to stop Excel from Auto-formatting and making it work like a number crunching program

I have a real problem with Excel in csv files where it is formatting numbers in certain ways and I cannot seem to get Excel to display the data right no matter what I do. Imagine I have a colum ...
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In Emacs, how to reformat an edited paragraph so the line breaks are properly reinserted?

In Emacs, I have a paragraph of text, which is already properly wrapped at, say 79th column on each row, then you edit it, adding some text on some of the rows, how to reformat the edited paragraph so ...
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Does formatting really remove everything on a physical hard drive?

I would like to understand what does formatting really remove. When launching a computer, something shows up, resembling DOS. This can't possibly be stored on a hard drive ? Where is it stored then ? ...
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How to prevent cells from printing in Excel

How can I prevent the contents of specific cells (or entire row or column) from printing in Excel, while keeping them visible on the screen when I'm editing the file? Ideally I should be able to do ...
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How should I format plain-text emails to make everyone happy?

I prefer reading and writing emails in plain text. My emails are presented and composed in 80-character fixed-width-font windows, and I love text messages that are properly quoted (with “>”) and ...
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Why does the margin on a numbered list over 99 become large (2007 Word)?

Have a numbered list in 2007 Word. Everything was fine until item 100. At 100 and on, the margin between the number and the text is very large. How do I make it normal? Thanks! i.e.- 98. ...
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How to copy text from the cmd console and keep the formatting (with color)?

I want to cut and paste from cmd and keep the color information when pasting to another application. It's similar to pasting in most applications with formatting information. Is there a way to do ...
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Recovering a Partially Formatted USB Thumb Drive

I have a USB Thumb Drive that I was going to use to install Windows 7 with. While formatting the drive with the Windows 7 USB/DVD download tool it failed leaving my USB drive in an unusable state. I ...
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How to concatenate a date in MS-excel and receive a date (not a number)

When I try to concatenate two cells in MS-excel in the formula I have the date as a integer number (eg: 04 april 2012 become 41006). How can I display the date also in the formula cells?
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How can I get Vim to indent all the lines in a list item - not just the second?

The n option of Vim's formatoptions setting will indent the second line of a list item to match the indentation of the first line. However, the third and subsequent lines revert to no indentation, ...
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What does "full format operation" do to a disk?

I ran a "full format operation" (unchecked "quick format") on my disk. Does this remove data in a secure way? I have read answers for related questions and looked on Wikipedia, but am still unclear ...
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Microsoft Word form - Preserving "lines" to type on instead of underscoring and underlining

We've got a form that somebody created in Microsoft Word 2007. As an example, it would look something like this: Name: ________________________________ Where the "line" is created by somebody ...
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Create a Microsoft Word Quick Style for a Code Snippet Box

I'm trying to format some text in my Word doc to have a background color of gray. This is for me to have a Quick Style to apply this formatting. I want to use a monospaced font, like Consolas, and ...
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Merging two cells in multiple rows

I have an excel spreadsheet with two cells in each row that I'd like to merge. Highlighting all the cells of interest and just merging from the cell formatter seems to just merge all the cells ...
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Please explain wasted space on an exFAT formatted external hard drive [duplicate]

I recently bought a 750 GB 2.5" hard drive and put it in an external enclosure. It has Advanced Format Technology (AFT), but I use Windows 7, so I assumed I would be safe. I decided to try exFAT, ...
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Why is exFAT's default allocation size in Windows so high?

Referencing this page: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/140365 NTFS doesn't go over 4KB cluster size until the volume goes over 16TB, and FAT32 maxes out at 16KB in the 16GB–32GB volume range ...
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Will a quick format delete files on a flash drive?

I have been tasked with recovering data from a drive that says that Windows needs to format it to use it. If I do the quick format, will it delete or damage any files? I'm trying to use Recuva to ...
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Text formatter tools

I make notes in textual format, for example: ## TODO list 1. do this 2. do that ## SOMETHING ### ANYTHING 1. do this 2. do that Are there tools to change this text into HTML or LaTeX format? I ...
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8GB memory stick only showing 49MB

I have an 8GB Sony USB memory stick and only 49 MB are being detected. I've tried on multiple USB ports and tried formatting it several times. I checked it for errors and it said none are found. I ...
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Fix SD card that cannot be formatted

I have, not one but two microSD cards that my phone (Samsung Galaxy Young, Gingerbread OS) seem to have broken. One is 1GB and the other is 2GB. The 1GB one won't be formatted. When I put the 1GB one ...
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How to make Thunderbird compose mail with “Paragraph” as default?

I'm trying to do the exact opposite of How To Make Thunderbird Compose Mail With "Body Text" As Default?. So my current default setting for composition is "Body Text", but I want it to be "...
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Are there any performance benefits to fully formatting a hard drive (vs. a quick format)?

so I have a 1TB HDD, and here's my question: Is it worth doing a hard format? Does it have any performance variance from say, quick formatting? I understand the technical difference between the two: ...
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How to change the filesystem label on the vfat filesystem located on device /dev/sdb1?

I just followed the instructions from Cyberciti.biz to format my Kingston USB drive. Instead of ext2, I formatted the drive to vfat. I forgot to use the naming option when using mkfs.vfat (webpage ...
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Are there any plugins for Microsoft Word to format source code samples inside a regular document?

I need to write a technical document in Microsoft Word, with source code samples sprinkled throughout the text. Is there any way, without leaving Microsoft Word (maybe a plugin?), to format the ...
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Table Formatting in Excel 2007: How do I remove it?

I've used the new Table Formatting option in Excel 2007. Now I can't remove it. I've dragged the little blue square up to the last cell on the top left, but it just won't go any further. In fact it ...
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How to hide text formatting popup (Mini Toolbar) in Microsoft Word 2007

In Microsoft Word 2007 when you select a piece of text, a pop-up toolbar will display containing the common font formatting tools like font-name, font-size, bold, italic, etc. (The Mini Toolbar.) Is ...
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How do I make a USB partition so no one can erase it

An office has contacted me because they have branded USB drives @ $4 each which they use for giveaways but at conferences people will sometimes grab them by the fistful, and presumably not so they can ...
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How to disable Excel number autoformat

This problem is simple to correct but is very very annoying what I'm doing is to type a hour range, eg. (0-1),(1-2),(2-3) so on per cell row DATE --- HOUR 1/1/2013 0-1 1/1/2013 1-2 1/1/2013 ...
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Can Thunderbird and MS Outlook be made to play nice together

I have had a long-term ongoing battle in having nicely formatted emails sent in Thunderbird totally destroyed by MS Outlook. Are there any settings in either program which can resolve disagreements ...
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Cannot format my USB Flash Drive after installing Vanilla Chrome OS

I recently installed Chromium OS (Hexxeh's vanilla build) on my 16 GB flash drive. Later on, when I tried to format it, it was showing a total space of 1 GB. I tried deleting partitions in disk ...

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