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How to grab an RSS feed and format it for a nice looking email

I'm helping an admin figure out how to grab links from an RSS feed that she can then repackage into an email, along with other content she'll add. What's the best way to do this? Skill level: novice [more inside]
posted by Ms. Toad on Oct 2, 2014 - 5 answers

Mysterious lines in my word document giving me agita help help help

Wrote a Thing on a google docs app on iPad; transferred it to word document on Mac, and there are a few solid lines like "____________" that will not disappear, regardless of what I move around and try to delete. How to fix? [more inside]
posted by angrycat on Jul 18, 2014 - 9 answers

How to get footnote references in footer to be smaller than in the text

The default scenario is, in a blank MS Word 2007 document, the footnote reference in the text is supertext, but is the same font size as whatever your normal text is. The footnote reference in the footer is point 10. They are different sizes, even though they are both the style called "footnote reference". They look different under "reveal formatting", but I don't understand reveal formatting. [more inside]
posted by sarahkeebs on Apr 1, 2014 - 2 answers

What novels have news clippings and press releases in them?

I'm writing the Great American Novel (isn't everyone?). I want to intersperse press releases and newspaper clippings throughout the book, but I'm not sure about formatting (and e-book format raises yet another question). [more inside]
posted by adverb on Mar 3, 2014 - 13 answers

Usenet author posting in justified paragraphs?

Does anyone know the name/email address of a guy who used to post to Usenet in the mid-1990s in justified text? (When rendered in a monospaced font.) [more inside]
posted by mstillwell on Jan 14, 2014 - 10 answers

Which survey tool will show previous responses, in-line with questions?

I'm sending out a survey to a group of people, and it would be great if they could see how others (before them) responded to each question. Google Forms and Survey Monkey allow respondents to see past responses after they've completed the survey, but not while they're filling out the survey. Is there a tool out there that embeds past responses in-line with questions? [more inside]
posted by mahoganyslide on Oct 9, 2013 - 3 answers

iOS app to sync text notes AND bold / italic / strikethrough formatting?

What iOS app syncs with Notational Velocity and preserves all three of NV's formatting options (bold, italic, and strikethrough)? [more inside]
posted by kalapierson on Sep 18, 2013 - 3 answers

Set indent size?

How can I change the indent size in Word and OpenOffice? Not the first indent for paragraphs, but for a whole chunk of text. Basically I want to create a bulleted list without the bullets. Bonus question inside. [more inside]
posted by gray17 on Sep 13, 2013 - 9 answers

Excel imported my dates as day-month instead of year-month. How to fix?

How do I fix this? I "imported" a table from a PDF (big mistake). In the pdf, the dates were formatted as AA-BB, where AA was the month and BB was the year. Excel interpreted that as AA is the month and BB is the day, and gave them all 2013 as the year. So now the date reads as 11-Jan instead of Jan 2011. I no longer have access to the original dataset because I only just noticed the mistake. I am using Excel 2010 on Windows.
posted by rebent on Aug 26, 2013 - 6 answers

Need to find and completely remove all hyperlinks/URL's from a Word doc

I have a 100-page Word document full of miscellaneous content from different websites. Unfortunately, after each section taken from a website, there's basically a citation for where the content was taken from that contains the URL for the website. I need to find a way to find all these hyperlinks and delete them completely from my document. They're all from different websites, so really, the only commonality is the "http://" part.
posted by beammeup4 on Jul 19, 2013 - 2 answers

Landscape section in Word won't run text full width

Word 2007. I inserted section breaks to set off a landscape section, and the top ruler is showing that the right and left margins are .5" from the edges of an 11" wide page. However, when I insert text the line length only runs out to 6.5"--the same right margin as the previous portrait section. I have not linked the header to the previous section and the header seems to be willing to center on the full 11" with of the landscape orientation. There is no footer. Word gurus, any ideas?
posted by drlith on Jul 5, 2013 - 4 answers

What can I use to format my article?

I'm looking for a free, easy to use program to turn one standard-formatting article into a fancy one with columns and pictures and stuff! I'm using word, but it's terrible and I'm getting very frustrated trying to make some pictures big, and some pictures fit columns and the paragraphs keep getting wonky. Does such a thing exist?
posted by Grandysaur on Apr 18, 2013 - 13 answers

How can I select pre-written paragraphs to insert into letter?

I have a scenario where I have to evaluate work performance. There are 5 categories I'm evaluating. Now when the person fails to meet a benchmark, I want to send him a letter explaining why he didn't meet the benchmark. So I have 5 paragraphs (one for each category) that explains what was wrong and how to fix it. Instead of copying and pasting from a document to create the letter, I'd like to be able to select from a list of responses, and have those responses formatted in a letter form. More after the the jump. [more inside]
posted by FireStyle on Mar 9, 2013 - 8 answers

Formatting question: including an infographic with a press release

I work for an advocacy organization and we're getting ready to send out a press release. I know this will make me sound old fashioned, but I'd like to include an infographic we've developed and I'm not sure what the right way to do it is. I know sending images and graphics with press releases is very common now, but I've never needed to do it before. I usually send things like that as a follow up to interested reporters. In this case, we want to send the graphic to everyone off the bat. [more inside]
posted by dottiechang on Mar 1, 2013 - 6 answers

How to replace non-ascii characters with HTML entities?

I’m currently working on an international project and need to format documents written in German, Polish and Croatian for use on the web. What is the quickest way to convert all the non-ASCII characters into the relevant character entity? Some sort of web form would be my ideal solution, but I’d settle for a freeware program.
posted by the latin mouse on Feb 27, 2013 - 8 answers

Looking for a free video conversion software program

Looking for a recommendation for any free video conversion software programs... [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Feb 12, 2013 - 7 answers

Wanted: Novels Set on the Internet

I'm looking for examples of fiction that heavily involve transcripts of online communication - forum posts, website content, emails, IM conversations, the more and more varied the better. [more inside]
posted by restless_nomad on Jan 3, 2013 - 37 answers

Best app to create documents with marginal commentary?

I'm looking for an OS X word processing program/app that will allow me to format pages for extensive marginal comments. Pages doesn't appear to allow this type of formatting. Some years ago, I tried doing this on Word 10.x and was driven close to madness by the fact that the marginal comments would shift up, down and onto adjoining pages, apparently at will. I was wondering if there are any other not hugely expensive options out there. Thanks.
posted by the sobsister on Sep 30, 2012 - 13 answers

How do I copy and paste from Chrome to Word without formatting?

I just started using Chrome. I need to be able to copy text phrases from any random website into MS Word and have it be unformatted or better yet formatted as Times New Roman 12 pt. I'm on a mac. I've been trying to figure this out for so long that it's made me regress. Please talk to me like I'm five and help. HELP. [more inside]
posted by rabidsegue on May 30, 2012 - 14 answers

Why is Blogger messing up my formatting?

Why is Blogger messing up my formatting? [more inside]
posted by bowbeacon on May 23, 2012 - 5 answers

The Munge Factor: Good online intro resources on MS Word formatting?

The Munge Factor: Good online intro resources on MS Word formatting? [more inside]
posted by ZenMasterThis on Apr 13, 2012 - 8 answers

Copy/Paste isn't copying/pasting formatting anymore.

Copy/Paste isn't copying/pasting formatting anymore. [more inside]
posted by sandra_s on Mar 24, 2012 - 3 answers

Multiple parallel text columns with LaTeX! Help me MeFi-wan Kenobi.

In LaTeX, how do I insert one box per page, each the same size and in the same spot on every page, with a single paragraph (or image) in each box? Failing that, can I have two columns of parallel text, rather than one stream of text split into two columns? [more inside]
posted by waxbanks on Mar 6, 2012 - 2 answers

Word 2004 to Word 2011

Switching from Word for Mac 2004 to Word for Mac 2011. Formatting and compatibility issues. Really truly clueless. Help? [more inside]
posted by greta simone on Jan 18, 2012 - 12 answers

If there's extra space, will anyone care or notice?

A hopefully simple question about web-based article formatting... [more inside]
posted by matty on Dec 8, 2011 - 6 answers

Need help with Word 2007 and styles and whatnot

Working on a project for a client where we need to send authors a template Word 2007 file with styles embedded. We want them to ONLY use our 10-12 predetermined styles. We do NOT want all the other default Word styles to be an option. [more inside]
posted by misanthropicsarah on Oct 25, 2011 - 4 answers

iPad App for spreadsheets

I need an iPad2 spreadsheet app with some specific requirements concerning conditional formatting: [more inside]
posted by amf on Aug 7, 2011 - 3 answers

Why does my framing work with Firefox but not IE?

Why does my framing work with Firefox but not IE? [more inside]
posted by Seeba on Aug 2, 2011 - 4 answers

Help with Microsoft Word 2007 Space Formatting

Help with default space formatting on Microsoft Office 2007. [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Jun 17, 2011 - 4 answers

Outlook: cloudy

Trouble with wonky formatting in Outlook email. [more inside]
posted by jschu on May 17, 2011 - 3 answers

Is there a Chrome extension to fix my issue?

Does anyone know of a Chrome extension which will allow hyperlinked text to copy over to email properly? [more inside]
posted by gman on May 14, 2011 - 4 answers

Always scribble, scribble, scribble -- now how to display?

I've been keeping research notebooks since the early 1990s, on a lot of different subjects. They're all finally consolidated as a couple thousand text files written in Markdown syntax. I'd like to start putting them up, gradually, on a website for others to use. A wiki seems the best way. (Is it?) I've got a few other questions about the best one, and best way, though: [more inside]
posted by finnb on Apr 18, 2011 - 5 answers

Help me learn Emacs auto-formatting options

Emacs n00b question concerning text wrapping in markdown-mode. [more inside]
posted by middleclasstool on Mar 15, 2011 - 1 answer

Document formatting systems for collaborative work

We're trying to set up a collaboration on a textbook-like document, but we're not sure what formatting system to use. Considering LaTeX, but would appreciate some perspectives on how to make it easy for people to make contributions. [more inside]
posted by Maximian on Feb 13, 2011 - 5 answers

How to merge & combine .pdf to Excel pages

How can you merge and combine imported and converted .pdf to Excel 2007pages? [more inside]
posted by ~Sushma~ on Nov 30, 2010 - 5 answers

External HD for both PC and Mac ?

How do I format an external hard drive so that it can be used on both a PC and a Mac ... DUMMIES version ? [more inside]
posted by lobstah on Nov 9, 2010 - 23 answers

How do I strip *some* formatting from text?

Can I strip SOME formatting from text? I'd like to be able to strip all formatting except HTML links. Even better I'd like to strip all formatting other than HTML, bold and italics. Are there any good workarounds for this? [more inside]
posted by barnone on Nov 7, 2010 - 9 answers

Two orientations on one page in Word 2007

Word 2007 filter: can I keep my headers/footers in one orientation and the body text in another? [more inside]
posted by penguinliz on Oct 28, 2010 - 2 answers

Copying Word tables into Excel without splitting cells into multiple rows

I need help copying a table from Word to Excel in Office 2007. Where there are hard returns within a cell in the Word table, Excel splits the table cell into multiple rows. I need Excel not to split cells in the Word table into multiple Excel rows. At the same time, I need to retain the paragraphs that appear within the Word table cells - that is, I can't just get rid of all those hard returns; the formatting must be preserved. My Google-fu is failing me rather seriously. Is there any way to do this?
posted by Dasein on Oct 18, 2010 - 8 answers

Excel 2007 Conditional Formatting

Excel 2007 conditional formatting help! [more inside]
posted by rossination on Sep 25, 2010 - 4 answers

Need to send single-spaced HTML emails in Entourage

When I enable HTML in email messages in Entourage, the email and signature both become double-spaced. How can I enable HTML and send single-spaced emails? [more inside]
posted by nosila on Sep 19, 2010 - 2 answers

How to Work Around A Style Format

Help with MS Word and style formatting. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by archimago on Sep 6, 2010 - 3 answers

What's the best way to learn about formatting documents?

What's the best way to learn about formatting documents? [more inside]
posted by forallmankind on Aug 23, 2010 - 10 answers

Wordpress HTML has gone rogue, doesn't keep formatting

Recently, I updated to Wordpress 2.9 and the html formatting on my blog went nuts. Now when I save all lines of code run together. [more inside]
posted by captainscared on Jun 30, 2010 - 8 answers

Help me help Word and Excel play nicely together.

I'm trying to paste some text from Excel into Word. Normally when I do this, I select Paste Special > Unformatted Text so my stuff doesn't display as a table. But this time, the Excel text is already formatted with a ton of bold, italics, and underlining, and I don't know how to retain that formatting while still ditching the table. Help? [more inside]
posted by anderjen on Jun 10, 2010 - 5 answers

How to sort out page numbering in a word doc (I know!)

I have a Word 2007 document. It has 2 sections. I want page numbering to start in section 2 at page 1. No page numbering in Section 1. Obviously I've done what I should do, ie clicked in section 2, set up page numbering to start at p 1. And it does. But section 1 gets page numbering too. Delete that and section 2's numbering goes too. Help! [more inside]
posted by LyzzyBee on Jun 8, 2010 - 3 answers

Memorization is Not Our Strong Suit

I am looking for an artistic way to present a recipe that my spouse and I use pretty regularly. I would like to create (or, more likely, commission) an artistic representation of the recipe suitable for framing. [more inside]
posted by Xalf on May 19, 2010 - 7 answers

Tool to Auto-Format text and paragraphs?

I need a tool to auto-format text according to my rules, such as 2 spaces between every sentence. [more inside]
posted by dvrcthewrld on Apr 29, 2010 - 8 answers

Web based email parser?

Free web based email parser/regex based filter? [more inside]
posted by chrisbucks on Apr 28, 2010 - 2 answers

Excel rounding of number

Is there a way to force MS Excel to always give you four significant digits when rounding a number? [more inside]
posted by a womble is an active kind of sloth on Feb 13, 2010 - 6 answers

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