Questions tagged [formatting]

Styling information beyond the minimum of semantic elements: colours, styles (boldface, italic), sizes and special features.

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Cell reference with colour formatting

Is it possible to reference a cell in Google Sheets so that cell where it gets displayed also displays it using the same text and cell colour formatting? =A1 Will only reference cell's value. But if ...
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How can I get code syntax highlighting in Google Docs?

Is there way to switch on syntax highlighting in Google Docs? Personally I use it for editing and collaborating on C++ files, but PHP or SQL syntax highlighting also would be interesting.
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Short number format in Google Sheets; 1,024 → 1K, 1,816,724 → 1.8M

Any recipes out there for a "smart" number formatting formula for Google Sheets that's "scale-aware," a la Rails ActionView's distance_of_time_in_words method? I would expect to enter a number like: ...
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How do I add new styles to Google docs?

Google docs has a nice set of styles such as "Normal text" and "Header 1". How do I add my own? I want to add a style called "code" for text that is programming code.
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How to set a Google Docs Spreadsheet cell format to bare text?

I am to store international standard phone numbers (starting with a plus sign followed, usually, by plain numbers) in a Google spreadsheet column. An example of such a phone is +420123456789 When I ...
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How do you format Facebook Wall posts?

There doesn't appear to be any formatting links when I do a Facebook Wall post. Is there any way to do formatting like HTML, markup, etc?
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How to insert source code in Google Docs? [duplicate]

Is there a easy way to insert source code with highlight in Google Docs?
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Always a blank line above where I insert a table?

In Google Docs, when I insert a table, there seem to be always a blank line above the table. See the screenshot below. How do I prevent that?
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How do I Insert a carriage return on a card in Trello?

I have added a card to a board in Trello, and now need to edit the text on that card. How do I insert a carriage return? I have tried the following: Shift + Return Ctrl + Return Shift + Ctrl + ...
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How to change the text line height in one cell?

I could not find an option in the recent version of Google Sheets to change the text line height (the spacing between lines in a single cell). You realize the problem even more when exporting the ...
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How can I stop Google Sheets formatting a Forms response as a date?

I have a Google Forms with a question that contains a drop-down box with the following values: - Fewer than 10 - 11-25 - 26-50 - More than 50 If the user selects 11-25, Google Sheets renders the ...
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Entering mm:ss: milliseconds into Google Sheets for time duration (arithmetic)

I would like to enter times mm, seconds, milliseconds into Google Sheets and subtract times to determine duration. I use format> numbers > More formats > more dates and times > and apply mm:ss: ms. I ...
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What are all the formatting options for a Google+ post?

What is the markup language for creating posts (and responding to posts)? I know of the following ones: To make text bold, use stars around the text: *bold text* To make text italics, use ...
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How to change the default style of text links in Google Docs

I want to format the default style for text links—currently the color is blue & are underlined. Is this possible? And if yes, how can I do it?
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How do you manually block-quote in Gmail's new compose interface?

Gmail recently released a new UI for compose. How do you manually quote a paragraph? The block-quote button seems to have disappeared from the formatting toolbar in the rich text compose editor.
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Write code with indentation in Google+'s stream

I am trying to paste a piece of code in my Google+ stream but it removes the white space from the start of the lines making the code less appealing, aesthetically speaking. Basically, the ...
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How to remove insignificant decimal point in Google Spreadsheets?

I'm trying to format a number in Google Spreadsheets. I want it to show the thousands comma, then a period ., followed by mostly 3 digits, only when necessary. For example: 1,234.56789 => 1,234....
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How can I align a table so that text floats around it in Google Docs?

I have some text in a Google Document, and I want to have a small table beside this text. The problem is that the table takes the whole row, so I can't have any text left of the table. Is it even ...
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Adding a header and footer to a Google Spreadsheet

I'm in the process of changing to Google Drive from MS Office for all aspects of my work. Pretty much everything I need is there, but the one thing we can't work out how to do is how to get a header ...
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Inserting page numbers in a Google Docs document

How do I add or insert a page number in the footer or header of a Google Docs document?
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In draw.io, is there a way to automatically position a swimlane or process diagram?

I've drawn a workflow/process diagram in draw.io, but each time I make small changes I have to move everything else around. Is there anything that automatically re-positions the diagram when I make ...
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How to format a negative number red within a mixed formula result

We use the following formula: ="Stu/W: " & TEXT((A$2/B2),"[Red]#,###,##0.00") &"€" and wish to have the resulting negative currency numbers colored red and positive blue. Unfortunately ...
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Formatting Google Sheet Dates Inconsistent

I have a sheet where various data is entered through a form. Dates are picked on the form using the standard date picker provided by Google Forms. Some dates in a column I can change the date format ...
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Custom Number Format for scale-aware number formatting in Google Sheets (e.g. 1,200→ 1.2k; 1,200,000 → 1.2M; 1,200,000,000 → 1.2B)

Does anyone know a generalized Custom Number Format I can apply in Google Sheets such that numbers appear with it's scale operator and rounded to one decimal place? Example: I looked up a good ...
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What's the full range of supported Google Docs LaTeX macros?

Google Docs has an equation editor that has a fair number of options for symbols and functions available from the dropdown menu. All of these are also available through LaTeX macros that are ...
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Formatting Duration values

I have a Google Spreadsheets in which I have: Date | Start | End | Duration -------------+-------------+-------------+------------------------- 11/24/2014 | 8:36 AM | ...
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Google sheets recently changed American datetime format, how do I change it back?

Google sheets recently changed American datetime format, how do I change it back? It used to default to using "MM/dd/yyyy" but as of a couple weeks ago now when I enter a date it defaults to "MM/dd" ...
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Highlight cell border in Google Docs

I'm trying to create a table in Google Docs. I need a header row at the top and a similar column on the left side. To distinguish these from the rest of the table I am trying to embolden the line ...
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How to color an adjacent cell based on a 6-digit hex number without adding the “#”

I've looked at a few things (this link, WA's Colorize a cell in Google Spreadsheets based on cell data, and this link), but haven't been able to quite get the behaviour I want in Google Sheets. What I ...
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How to add an outline border to a table in Google Docs?

I am trying to add only a border outline to a table in Google Docs however when trying to make all lines except the border lines another colour, this happens: As you can see, white spots where the ...
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How do I remove custom currencies in Google Sheets?

In Google Sheets, you can add custom currency things under the formatting tab and google sheets with keep them saved. I was playing around with this function and added a few ones to test it out but ...
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Partial cell formatting with CONCATENATE in Google Sheets

Is there a way to format partially using CONCATENATE in Google Sheets? For example, =CONCATENATE("*", Sheet1!A1, Sheet1!B1), and I want to make the * bolded or blue in color or something else. I ...