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

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MS Word: "Update all fields" seems to be corrupting fields in text boxes

I'm afraid I'm on the verge of a catastrophe. I have a very large Microsoft Word document (nearly 500 pages), and I'm finding that every time I "update all fields" by the Ctrl-A, F9 method, ...
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configuring email software to recieve and send sms

I don't have a cell phone but have a cellular modem (Rocket Stick by Sierra Wireless) that has sms sending and receiving capability. It has its own cell number. I am trying to configure Thunderbird ...
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How do I batch delete entire rows that do not end with forward slash in CSV file?

I have a CSV file that is too large because it contains file paths as well as directory paths. I need to modify it so it only shows the directory paths but not the files themselves. I'd like to know ...
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Sort lines with "natural order" in Notepad++ like Windows Explorer?

Q: Is it possible to sort line with "natural order" (or what it calls, I'm not sure the correct name) like/similar to Windows Explorer? With or without plugin are fine Demo lines: text 1 ...
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MS Word Fields: Writing fractions in English

I am familiar with using fields to write out integers and decimals in English. Is there a way to make "1/2" read as 'one-half' or some equivalent?
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How do I use Fields to automatically number sections using words?

I've got a document I'm trying to automate is MS Word. I've got section numbers that use the format code AUTONUM \* Arabic but this results in section numberings that read: 1. 2. etc. How do I ...
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How do I prevent bold from affecting superscript?

I want to write the matrix “A^-1” in a formula in LibreOffice Writer.  “A” is a matrix and needs to be bold but the “-1” doesn't.  The superscript is still bold even when I place the closing bracket ...
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How can copy any styled text into notebook apps?

I use an online Longman dictionary (https://www.ldoceonline.com) and I want to copy text from this site to notebook apps like (notion or Joplin or Rem-note). When I copy text from this site, suddenly ...
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DBeaver "Format" --> "Format SQL" --> "To Upper Case" applies to all words. How to format only the SQL command words reserved by the system?

When I right-click on a selected SQL query and choose "Format SQL" it changes the SQL to lower case. The other command "To upper case" is not SQL-intelligent, meaning it changes ...
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Is there a way to let a SQL formatter change only a selection within a file in Visual Studio Code / vscode / Codium?

In VIM, you can do this: setup your config so that you can choose just a selection to be reformatted in SQL. See Is there a way to let sqlformat or another SQL formatter change only a selection within ...
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Is there a way to make "sqlformat" reformat only a selection within a file?

I want to reformat a SQL string that is embedded in another language. How can I let "sqlformat" run only on a selection? Example: def test(): query = """ SELECT 1 from ...
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Why does Excel add leading apostrophes to some of my text cells?

I have a worksheet containing, among other things, a table object. All data in the worksheet was added by me manually, including the data and column headers in the table. I just noticed that in 13 of ...
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How do I add "marginal" labels to bibliography entries in Microsoft Word?

I'm currently in the process of finalizing my research for the City Council of Rochester: Police Accountability Board. Of course (when conducting research), one must provide citations/bibliography ...
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How to handle dynamic footnote with a text box

I'm creating some financial models that require a lot of footnotes. I should preface by saying they're not actually footnotes, it's a text box below the main table since it takes up half the sheet. My ...
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Text selection with Option + left/right in Sublime Text

On a Mac, when holding option and hitting left or right keys, if your text includes dashes the cursor used to stop before and after the dash. Now it seems to ignore dashes and jumps to the end of the ...
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Excel Copy-Paste formatting efficiencies

I have an upcoming project in Excel that will involve a lot of manual copy and pasting from one workbook to another. I have large amounts of documentation made in excel that need to get copy and ...
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How do I create a side-by-side file diff importable as a *table* by Excel, Word, or Google Docs?

diff -y file1 file2 creates output like this: I want to take this output and convert it to a CSV format where the text at left is in one column, the < or | or >, if any, is in the second ...
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Can TXT files in Windows hold the same exact text but be of different sizes because one was created a long time before?

I divided one big txt ~500 KB file into 6 files (5 additional) by cut and paste, the new files' total size is much smaller than the original file. Can this be because of new encoding ways in Windows ...
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How can I copy Chrome's formatting of XML with Ctrl+V or otherwise?

If I open an XML file in Chrome, I get a nice visual. I want to somehow copy this formatting to other programs like OneNote. It never copies the format/color though. Anything I can do to get it? ...
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Bold and italic displaying incorrectly in MS Word

(I'm not a native English speaker, sorry if my English is not perfect). I'm using MS Word, 16.52, on a MacBook Pro, macOS Catalina 10.15.7. Today I noticed a problem in the displaying of some ...
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How do change delimiters in Word index on macOS

Word currently separates index entries and the corresponding page numbers with comma + space. For example: foo, 34 But I want to use two spaces instead, like so: foo 34 For cross-references, Word ...
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Word tables. text skewed between cells in the row

The image below demonstrates the issue. (using Word from 'Microsoft office 365 Apps' product is up to date at the time of post) The gap is due to special characters and an equation input. It's most ...
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How to stop Excel changing dates to numbers

When having to compile the text from different cells, I am getting issue with dates converted to numbers. I have 3 cells with patient number, kit number and date (formatted to dd-mmm-yyyy). Tried ...
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BASH - How to combine data from 2 files

I have 2 files with the following data file1: datapoint1name##datapoint1name datapoint1name.PercentUtilization= datapoint2name##datapoint2name datapoint2name.PercentUtilization= datapoint3name##...
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My user is experiencing cut off text but I am not - Can't replicate

Shifting over from a post on SO which was closed for being insufficiently technical. I am writing a .NET Windows app using Winforms in VB.NET Framework 4.7.2 on Visual Studio. One user has reported ...
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How can I prevent u to be rendered as v when text is Latin?

Problem and question I am using the font EB Garamond for most of my professional work, and I am very pleased with it. There is a feature I would like the option to control, though, and I have not ...
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How to reduce space at bottom of page in Microsoft Word?

My word document leaves a lot of blank space on the bottom of some pages for no apparent reason. I even have orphan/widow control turned off so that it will fill the last line even if that leads to an ...
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In MS Word, can you use advanced find to match formatted text copied to the clipboard?

I am aware that you can use Advanced Find and Replace -> Format to match entire strings formatted a certain way, e.g. as described here. Is there any way to match more complex formatting copied to ...
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Extracting data from text file by specific characters

I have a program that reads from a sensor and prints on stdout. The interesting data for me is just the X,Y and Z values: [2021-05-07 10:47:41.993] [info] Acceleromter (avrg 100): X=+6696.080 Y=-5577....
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How to format part of a figure caption in MS Word bold, and the other part regular?

I would like to generate figure captions as displayed in the image below. The figure caption should contain 3 parts: Part 1: Automatic numbering including chapter number and figure number. Font: ...
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Remove duplicate and clean line break / blank space in Notepad++

This is my problem; one two three four four five five six seven eight And I can't figure it out how to format it like this; one two three four five six seven ...
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Windows: How to create a tab-separated list of information about files in a directory

As a Linux user I have no idea to solve the following problem on Windows (using cmd.exe): I want to list all files in a given directory recursively with the following information seperated by tabs ...
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Formatting Word header and footer for landscape sections so that they are readable in portrait mode

I have a long word document, which needs to be printed and bounded in DIN A4 format but also should be readable in digital format. The main body is in portrait mode but several tables are in landscape ...
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Firefox ignores layout.css.text-decoration-skip-ink.enabled=false setting

Since today, my Firefox browser decided to start ignoring the aforementioned about:config setting which removes the horrible "new" & "stylish" underline look. In other words: ...
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How to get rid of extra leading spaces in the rendering of the result of a formula in Microsoft Word?

This has annoyed me for some time. Consider any formula that outputs a number, and give it a formatting string. I.e.: { =exchange_rate \# "#,##0.00000" }. Then this will render as: I can ...
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Excel text formatting function interpreting 'E' in string as exponent

I have exported some data records from a database into spreadsheet form for final formatting. One of the key fields is text in the form of '123456E72'. I have a formatting formula that formats the ...
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Create space AFTER each section in Libreoffice Writer

I want to leave some blank space at the end of each subsection of a document. +-----------------------1/2-+ +-----------------------2/2-+ | 1. SECTION | | text text text ...
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How do I use such multiple character ligature signs for Musical Notation?

I found a portion of music Ebook The Basics of North Indian Classical Music by Abha Saxena (Google books) (Google play bookstore) (free preview), and this is so far the only ebook I have seen that has ...
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Notepad++ - turning a long file into columns

I have a long file I want to stick in some other editor for later printing. The file is of the format: line1 line2 line3 ... line456 ... Seeing that all the lines are short, I wouldn't mind turning ...
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How to connect a line of text with a table in word?

Within Word, I would like to know if there is a way to connect title "2.3 Members..." with the table below. Currently once converted to PDF, the table always switches to the new page while ...
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Change default style of next paragraph after heading

As I wrote up a document with lots of headings, on different levels divided by Heading 1, Heading 2 and Heading 3, I initially was bothered by how after each Heading 1 and Heading 2, which I always ...
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Formatting output from playlist-only download from youtube-dl

In reference to question youtube-dl; How download ONLY the playlist, NOT the files therein Can i get output like the following : https://youtu.be/0gvUCLL-UGE | video title https://youtu.be/...
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Word Multilevel list with guiding lines

I have very complex multilevel list with many levels (tree structure). I'd like to add some horizontal guiding lines for better visual navigation. Different bullets are not enough (also tab spacing is ...
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How to reverse-tab to delete tabs in Outlook 365?

In Outlook 365 (locally installed client, not web client) I frequently copy/paste SQL and source code snippets into emails. For example, by default after a paste operation, I invariably end up with ...
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Setting "LANG=C LC_ALL=C" in script has no effect on padding length for non-English characters in printf

I am working on formatting the output of a Bash script into a table such that the pipe characters used to represent the bounds of each column are spaced relative to the longest string in that column (...
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How can I adjust the ruby text height?

Thanks to @phuclv who answered the question How to type characters for phonetic guide over a word in Microsoft Word? to use ruby text to solve my issue. However the ruby the text height and offset ...
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Word footer social media icons and info

Hope everyone is doing good. I want to add FB and IG icons to the footer of a printed letter with the pages name next to each icon and add a customer service line at the bottom and the website URL. so ...
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How do I keep the cell blank when the formula outputs nothing, so that the text from the previous adjacent cell can overflow in it?

I have a basic Excel IF function that shows a computation result if the condition is TRUE. What I am trying to figure out how is, in case the condition is FALSE, how to keep the cell blank so that ...
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How do I set vertical text to be left-to-right in Microsoft Word for Mongolian?

In Microsoft Word, is it possible to write text vertically, in columns from left to right? This is the writing order of the traditional Mongolian script. None of the options in the Text Direction ...
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Is there a way to have multiple colours in a custom format? (NOT conditional formatting)

I've been asked if i can present a report with a ID format of 'RCA' in green, and a 3 digit number afterwards in black. is there a way of defining this in a custom for for excel? I've got this far, ...
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