Questions tagged [text-formatting]

Use this tag for questions about the appearance of text beyond the use of a standard character set in its simplest form. This includes: highlighting or colour, to draw attention; cursive, for informality; and other aids to the reader such as italic rather than Roman, eg for book titles, or monospaced, eg for code, and size, kerning, direction, small caps, strikethrough etc. Note tags [highlight], [special-characters] and [emoji] exist.

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How do I strikethrough text in Gmail?

Basically I want to strike through some text; how can I do this?
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How do I escape formatting characters in Slack?

Slack uses various characters for its own markdown formatting. How can I enter a message with those reserved characters escaped? e.g. Is it possible to send a message exactly like this: *I don't ...
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How do I format text, specifically text links, in Google+?

Does anyone know how I would go about putting formatted text in a stream update in Google+? Specifically I'm trying to put text links in a post, without having to show the URL or have the page ...
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Create documents with plain text formatting in Google Docs

How do I make documents in Google Docs with plain text format? Sometimes I make changes to text pages on my site and upload them to the website. The files are PHP and I prepare the pages in ...
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Can you add basic text formatting (bold, italic) in Yammer posts?

When writing a post (or a comment on a post) in Yammer, is there any way to add basic text formatting such as bold or italic text?
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Show text part of a multipart email in Gmail

An email sent with Content-Type of 'multipart/alternative' (often) contains two copies of the email: one HTML, one plaintext. Gmail displays the HTML version of the email by default, but how do I ...
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How to disable content type HTML in Gmail?

I'd like to receive all my emails with content-type text/plain by default while using Gmail (no clients), by default Gmail uses content-type text/html.
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How can I set default color in Google Slides?

Every time I enter text into a new text box, or draw a new line, or a new shape, etc. The color is black (on a dark background) and I need to manually change it to white. This is getting tedious. Is ...
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How to left align dollar symbol but right align number?

I selected format -> number -> more formats -> custom number format: $#,##0_);[Red]($#,##0) How can prepend spaces between the $ symbol and the digits? Pad with spaces. So that the dollar sign is ...
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Text formatting enhancements on Facebook [duplicate]

Does Facebook have any text formatting enhancements like Markdown? While writing a comment or status update, can I use linked texts or @-referrals? Or is it just like Notepad?
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How to prevent Gmail from creating map link from address?

When Gmail detects an address within the text of an email, it automatically converts that address into a link to Google Maps. (I think this "feature" must be new because it hadn't happened in the ...
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Is there a shortcut key for changing Google Sheets text color to the “last color”?

I often find myself changing text colors to the same color for five minutes at a time which is really unnecessarily mouse-intensive.
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How can I make multiple non-contiguous text selections in Google Docs?

Is there a keyboard shortcut or other method for Google Docs that is equivalent to Ctrl+click in MS Word which allows you to select several parts of the text that are not adjacent to each other? I ...
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Pastebin formatted text

Pastebin means that you paste your text online. Yet, quite often, my text is nicely formatted whereas all Pastebins that I have seen so far leaves only plain text or applies language-specific ...
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Making transparent text in Google Slides

I would like to make my text transparent. I've found only how to make transparent background which is not what I want to achieve.
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How can I add status indicators to a section in GitHub?

I'm reading Basic writing and formatting syntax of GitHub but failed to link directly to section in ordered file like this: What is the syntax to do like this?:
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Small letters in superscript in Gmail subject line

Twitter sends email notifications with the subject in small letters raised above the base line: How can we do this in our messages?
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Is there a way to set a “permanent pen” in Gmail?

Responding to an email inline in Gmail requires formatting each bit of text. Is there a way to set a permanent pen similar to Lotus Notes so that everything I type while it is turned on maintains the ...
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How do you make a Roman numeral numbered list in Gmail?

I know how to make a bullet list (command + shift + 8) and a numbered list (command + shift + 7) in Gmail. Is it possible to make a numbered list that uses Roman numerals? (preferably by keyboard ...
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Define special inline styles in Google Docs

I am using Google Docs to write some documents. At certain points, I have to write inline some formulas I would like to have a different font, letter size and color. I like to experiment with ...
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How do I have a cell contain a link in Google Sheets that is shown as plain text?

I've tried prepending with ' and formatting the cell as plain text. I've even tried stuff like ="part of url" + "next part of url" It just insists on representing it as a navigable link.
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Gmail quotes in other clients

I recently sent an email reply through Gmail that included an inline quote from the previous message. In Gmail, this displays as I'm accustomed to seeing quotes: purple text, vertical bar in the left ...
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How to change the default link color in Google Slides?

I have a presentation in Google Slides. Every new link is colored cyan by default and all existing links have this default color as well. How could I change this default color that determines the ...
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How can I prevent Gmail from formatting our order numbers as IP addresses

We send out e-mails to our customers containing an order number. Unfortunately Gmail thinks these numbers are IP addresses and turns them into hyperlinks: In a regular e-mail-client: Your order ...
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How can I stop Messenger bolding from putting * around text?

At some point fairly recently, Facebook Messenger starting making things inside * symbols bold. For example, if I type: *Hello World!* it shows up as: Hello World! How can I stop this happening ...
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What does the grey color in some synonyms in Google define mean?

For example, here is the definition of zealous I find when searching define zealous: Why are hard-core, overkeen and literary in grey?
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Is it possible to make letters upright (non-italic) in equations in Google Docs?

On this forum answer on Google Docs it is mentioned that commands such as \mathrm{} should be possible. Just like in regular LaTeX (or MathJax). I cannot make this command work on my page, though. ...
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How to format Table of contents automatically in Google Docs?

I know I can create Table of contents (TOC) based on the Header titles in the body of the page. This is great as every time I add a new header, I just click on the refresh button on the TOC and the ...
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Start new line automatically when otherwise content would overflow cell [duplicate]

I don't know when Google changed the version of Spreadsheets. Right now when the cell's text is longer than the cell width the display of this line is no longer what it used to be. I want the display ...
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How can I display the name of the month in different languages in Google Spreadsheets?

In Microsoft Excel the following formula forces the month name to be displayed in Portuguese, regardless of the default language. =TEXT(A1,"[$-pt-PT] dd mmmm yyyy") Google Spreadsheets ignores the ...
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Edit the Custom Colors for Text Colors in Google Docs

tl;dr the Google Docs color pallete has colors I want and other I do not want. How can I remove some colors? In Google Docs, I cannot change a Custom Text Color. If I select Custom Colors for a Text ...
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Boolean test of whether a time is before or after midnight in Google Sheets?

I'm having a job trying to create a Google sheet which calculates the difference between the time I fell asleep and the time I woke up. Here's what I want to happen: Sleep time Wake time ...
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Can you “text to column” 3 specific bits of data from one cell into 3 cells

I am trying to find a way to split the numbers from a cell with the following data in it: 31(3)/22 With this data in a cell, in the adjacent 3 cells, I would like to see the results returned as thus ...
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Copying text into Google Docs

I want to be able to copy text from converted PDF documents into a Google Docs. What I am finding with the current document is that the text only covers the left side of the page. I want it to look ...
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How can I quickly change the color of text in a cell in Google Sheets?

How can I quickly, with either a single or double click, assign a color to the text in a cell in Google Sheets? In order to quickly determine the status of certain pieces of data in a spreadsheet I ...
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Why did Google Docs suddenly start consolidating all multiple-newline sequences into single newlines?

Up until yesterday, documents looking like this (note the 2, 3, then 4 newlines between letters): a b c d Would be copied and pasted in plain text (e.g. in a plain text area on a web page, or a ...
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Composing a plain text email in Google Groups

Is it possible to compose a plain text email in Google Groups? Clicking on the "New topic" button opens a rich text editor, and I see no option to switch to plain text.
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How can I add special text format on GitHub?

I am trying to add text formatted in a special way to a GitHub repo on README.md file but it is not rendering the text format the way I want it. I have attached images below. I want it to look like ...
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Google Docs — Start numbering pages on first page, but start at ONE

I feel incredibly stupid, but I just can't seem to figure this out ... I want google docs to number my pages 1/n, 2/n, ..., n/n, starting with the very first. So I add page numbers to my header. They ...
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How do I make the “Text contains” evaluate any word written in the cell?

I just want the cell in Google Sheets to change its fill color when any text is inputted in the cell? But it has to be text excluding numbers. Please help!
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How can I change the font of selected text within a cell in Google Sheets using keyboard shortcuts?

I am attempting to change the font of selected text within a cell in Google Sheets using a keyboard shortcut. I have attempted the steps meant for google docs here: How can I change the font in ...
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Looking for a way to get the current date represented as a numbered month with decimals

Essentially I'm hoping to find a formula that would return the current date as a month in decimal form. So if it's October 15th, the number returned would be 10.48. September 10th would come back as 9....
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Time not formatting as expected in Google Sheets

I imported a report to Google Sheets and the duration column shows 7 h 37 m or 14 h 5 m a similar format. When I replace h with : it still does not properly format to time duration and so I cannot ...
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How do I open/edit/convert Markdown documents in Office OneDrive?

We have a bunch of text files in Markdown format and we want to share them with the relevant members of the team using Office OneDrive. As far as text file formats, OneDrive only seems to understand ...
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How can I align decimals in Google Documents editing?

I'm using a regular document, might have been uploaded as a .wps file. Could the list I'm working on be converted to a spreadsheet without retyping, or copy/paste? Also, trying to make two columns ...
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How do I create a custom keyboard shortcut in Google Docs to implement custom formatting? [duplicate]

When I take notes for CS classes, I find myself constantly changing the font choice and weight to differentiate lines of code from regular notes. For example: To improve productivity, I would like to ...
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Google Docs auto bold formatting

How to automatically make any sentence starting with Q: and ending with ? bold? For example if Q: Who does the program plan? is typed in a Google Doc it should turn bold. I am looking at options like ...
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How can I float text by text in Google Docs

See the attached image below, which shows that a side-note is added so that the normal text of the document "floats around it": How is that technique called - Is there a name for it? And how can I ...
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Assert cell style onto text pasted into that cell

I'm not quite sure how to word this so I couldn't find any answers to my question after some searching. I am trying to copy and paste values into my Google sheet. These values are copied from another ...
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Adding mm:ss times when expressed as TEXT

I have a series of numbers that, for a reason out of my control I can not change, are expressed as plain text strings on google sheets. The numbers are supposed to be minute second. mm:ss. For the ...