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Questions tagged [text-formatting]

The process of laying out text in a document for ease of reading. Including font, size, spacing, etc.

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How to get the proper Debian font rendering? [closed]

I'm using a single-user, single-session laptop running Debian or Debian derivatives, and can't manage to obtain the proper font rendering that used to be present in some Debian VMs I had. 1. What I ...
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Excel formatting a list

I have a list of one column as follows: x1 y1 [blank] x2 y2 [blank] x.. y.. [blank] I need to get this formatted into: x.. | y.. [blank] What's the easiest way to accomplish this in excel or bash?...
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Is there a way that text in bold gets a different color in word?

I would like to make a template file in Word in which all words in bold are not just in bold, but also have a different color. For example in the text below, I want the word important not just to be ...
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Hard line wrapping in vim without joining in insert mode

Very new to vim. Found a useful post here that explains how to get automatic hard line breaks while in insert mode. This had unintended consequences. For example, suppose I start a new .txt file. ...
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How can Excel dates default to short-date format when the year isn't typed?

When typing dates into unformatted (General format) cells, Excel will change the format to a custom date format, but I'd rather it just stick to either the short or long format. Examples: 11/28 ...
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Word Document compatbility across versions

I need to create a smart looking Word document which will accurately render consistently in Word. Unfortunately the document needs to be a word document, it can not be a PDF. I know that ...
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Cross reference to an element of a numbered list without the dot and space that follows the number

I have a document with a numbered list where the numbers are followed by a dot and a space. When I cross reference to an element of the list, I want only the number to appear, without the dot and the ...
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Pretty print / clean up BIND 9 zone file

I inherited some BIND 9 zone files that are terrible mess, bad indentation, directive order is different than typical, etc. Is there some utility that can clean them up, in the sense of reformatting ...
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Position textbox within 2 pages

I'm writing a document, where I want my figures to be automatically positioned within 2 pages (on the same or next page) from the place of the first reference at the bottom of a page, with text ...
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How to apply strikethrough formatting on space character in MS Word?

I would like to apply the strikethrough formatting on the space character in MS Word. My purpose is primarily aesthetic, although that should not make much difference. Currently the strikethrough ...
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MS Word: Numbering paragraphs on the OUTER edge of pages

By doing the following: right-clicking the Normal paragraph style, Modify... [Format], Numbering... [Define new number format...] Number style: 1,2,3...; Number format: 1; Alignment: Right and ...
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How to quickly add a new top level heading in Microsoft Word

If I already have an established heading structure in Microsoft Word, what is the quickest way for me to add a new top level heading? For example, if I already have an H1 heading assigned to ...
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Where in the FFmpeg source can I change the output text format?

I want to fork FFmpeg and change the output to be streamable, machine-readable EDN instead of the current text format. Where should I look in the source code to change this? I'm willing to go through ...
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How to remove the paragraph symbol when using two tables in two independent columns

My question is about Microsoft Word version 2016, but I am open to a solution on other versions or even a workaround. For my own purposes, I would like to be able to use two distinct tables in two ...
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Word 2016 Converting single column table to comma-delimited

I'm constantly having to replace ^p with , in Word 2016 because I can't get it to convert to comma separated values. I think it's a bug; I don't think I'm doing something wrong with converting table ...
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Previous Format Breaks when Deleting Section Break in Word

My favorite program, microsoft word... has decided that if I delete the final section break (which is causing my document to have an extra blank page), it will break the formatting of the entire ...
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Text highlighted in Word, saved to PDF; how to search for HIGHLIGHTED items?

I have a large docx file with highlighted text. When the file is converted to PDF, is there a way to search for originally-Word-highlighted text? Am using Adobe Acrobat X Pro and want to be able to ...
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Is there a way to copy and paste text from within a Microsoft Visio document?

A Microsoft Visio document that I was given contains text, but I cannot copy it. I can only open it in Internet explorer. If I try to open it in Word, it is just random characters. Is there a way ...
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Styling chapter number in chapter heading - MS Word

How create a numbered Heading 1 that looks like this in MS Word? I need it to appeary correctly in TOC: 1 First chapter title 2 Second chapter title 3 Heading on level 0
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Should I use “Title” or “Heading 1” style for chapter title in Word 2016 document?

In my current document I've done two things: Customised the "Heading 1/2/3/..." and "Title" styles. Defined a new multi-level list style to use my customised "Heading x" and "Title" styles so that ...
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How can I use “Format as table” option in Excel 2016 without losing my data format?

How can I take advantage of sorting, filtering and generating charts from my data using "Format as table" option in Excel 2016 without losing its current table format? Please note that when I convert ...
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change 2017/2/3 to 2017/02/03

I have a column in Excel which shows date but not in date format, it is in text format and the values for those dates that have one character for the month or day don't contain a zero before them. E....
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Trying to sort my movie list by negative and positive

i hope this is not too off topic. Tried thinking of sites to help me with this but i hope this is ok. I have a list with 553 movies, a notepad .txt file with titles formatted just like this: Shutter ...
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Set Default Paste Format In Microsoft Office Products

I want to change the defaults for pasting in Microsoft Office. Right now, it appears to default to keeping the source formatting, but I'd like to set the default to match the destination formatting. ...
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Disable auto formatting in LibreOffice Calc

Whenever I enter data in LibreOffice, may it be a date or a number, LO is formatting it as such instead of leaving it as text. That terribly annoys me because I want the text I enter to remain in that ...
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LibreOffice Writer comments

In LibreOffice Writer, I would like to add supplementary info to a document (specifically, the translation into another language for roughly every other word). Currently, I use comments for this. Are ...
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Coloring if() condition in exel

Hello to the comunity, In a cell of an excel file, let's say that I want to enter the following formula if(a1>a2,"test1","test2") What I want to achieve is that the font of both test1 and test2 to ...
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Unusual horizontal lines in a Word document — not underline, border or Shape. What are they?

Subj. I've got across a Winword document with underlines looking like this: They are not tied to the text typed => it's not font underline but are tied to the paragraph: if I add a line break, the ...
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How avoid extra space between paragraphs in Outlook 2013 when displaying plain text messages?

Outlook 2013 has suddenly started putting extra space between paragraphs when displaying messages formatted as plain text. This applies to both outgoing and incoming messages. But if I view plain text ...
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Outlook formatting different between new email editor and received item

I've created a style to make it easy to format code snippets in emails. When I apply the style, it looks like this in the new email window: However, when the email is received, it adds some weird ...
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How to format numbers and thousands with decimals in Excel?

I wish to display the numbers 23567 and 100 as 23.6K and 0.1K, respectively. I know the format ##0."K" gets me close: 24K and 0K, respectively. But I'm unable to tweak it to do what I want. I'm on ...
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How to open old Microsoft Office files using the exact formatting as they were created with?

I have a bunch of old .doc and .ppt files from around 2004, created with Microsoft Office 2003 (or Microsoft Office XP, but I think it was 2003. Is there a way to check this?) and I would like to open ...
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Resize issue of WordArt in Word 2016 (MS Office Professional Plus 2016)?

I cannot resize the text in Word Art visually (i.e., by the GUI) in Word 2016.  When I resize the text Word Art by click and dragging the box corner, it only increases the outer box size and not text ...
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Using a CLI command and get output without any formatting

I'm looking to run a command (via CLI on Ubuntu 16.04.3) and get my output without text formatting (colors, fancy ascii characters, etc), and just regular text. Specifically, I need to do this for the ...
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Suppress Word TXT file format open/save dialogues

When you open a txt file in Word, you get: And when you save, you get: Neither dialogue provides an option to save the choice as default for future txt file edits. Is there somewhere in preferences ...
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Word 2016 Custom Styles and TOCs

Is it possible to have two different styles (say "TOC 1" the default and "SPECIALTOC 1") so that a document with two different TOCs can handle a different look/feel? I have been unable to make custom ...
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Table shading in Word leaves text with unwanted white background

I am using Word 2016 on Windows 10. I cannot get rid of the white background for text when I apply shading to specific table cells, as you can see below: The shading is applied to the cell, but ...
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How to alter subheading (not main heading) numbering in Microsoft Word?

I am currently trying to write a PhD thesis in Microsoft Word. For my main chapters, Heading 1 is numbered such that it reads "Chapter 1", "Chapter 2" etc. and so the Heading 2 subheadings have the ...
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How can I get my text top-aligned in a Word table cell?

I'm creating a resume in Word using a template that I downloaded from elsewhere. The template is a table with two columns, the top row of which is shown here: I want the text to align with the top of ...
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How can I fix this line spacing in Word when combining Chinese characters with English?

At the moment, I'm having to deal with this when writing my dissertation: Whenever a line contains Chinese characters, the line spacing gets messed up; making them smaller doesn't help and just makes ...
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PhraseExpress - Make a text selection bold and red

I want to take a selection and make it bold and red. I've tried something like this: {#clipboard -copy}{#setclipboard {#insertclipboard}}{#clipboard -paste} and in PhraseExpress I use the editing ...
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fmt - use single space between sentences

I've noticed that fmt uses two space characters when joining sentences across lines. Command: $ fmt << EOF Hello world. This is a nice place. And a nice website too. I come here to ask ...
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How do I prevent TEXT() from rounding numbers

I'm trying to display a percentage to 1 decimal place, in the middle of a text string using ="..." & TEXT(A1/A2,"0.0%") & "..." (simplified) But my values keep rounding to whole numbers like ...
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Regex: Replace Arbitrary Number of Whitespace with Same Number of Another Character

What I am trying to do is take a list that is formatted much like a table of contents & replace whitespace (single space characters, not tabs) between the left & right texts with dots, ...
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Ascending numbers every x lines and batch modifying timestamps for .srt file

I've been struggling with converting a file in the following format 0:01:00.340 --> 0:01:01.380 ***subtitle text*** 0:01:01.380 --> 0:01:02.390 ***subtitle text*** into standard .srt format, ...
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Insert an PDF into Word and it is still get searchable?

When I insert an pdf into Word it comes up like an image still after I have OCR treated the document. If I go to tool-line and use "Paste" > Object > Text from file. I get everything from the text ...
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In MS Word how do I add a hotkey for lists?

How do I change the hotkey for the list button in MS Word? It's this button in the menu bar: I know there is a place where you can change all the hotkeys, I just can't seem to find this one.
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How do you give text a spacing around it in MS Word?

is it possible to give text some kind of spacing around it in MS Word (in the way padding works in CSS)? For instance, if I have text with a background, I want the background to extend further, so ...
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Edit Google Keep notes thru GhostText w/ advanced text editor?

I tried to edit my Google Keep notes with Visual Code via GhostText... it is doable if you set the .tmp extension given by GhostText to use html syntax. And do a few additional steps: Format the ...
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How can I prevent the hash symbol from showing in Excel when cells are too small?

Every so often I'm bugged by the fact that Excel replaces the contents of cells with '######' for certain number formats when the cell is too small. It hasn't been a major problem up until now, when ...