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Please help me format this Japanese address

I have checked online for advice, but the bits in the address I have do not seem to match up with the bits that are mentioned in the how-to article. Help! [more inside]
posted by insoluble uncertainty on Dec 9, 2016 - 8 answers

Solution for matching citations to bibliography

I need to be able to match in text citations to reference list(s) and back again in very large documents (1000+ pages) WITHOUT the use of referencing software like Endnote*. I'd like to automate this as much as possible. [more inside]
posted by b33j on Jul 31, 2016 - 15 answers

How to put a calendar in an ebook (cause tables don't work)

I'm converting my book, which is in WORD, to an ebook. I have had to convert several tables to lists because the tables come out all screwy in the ebook format. But I've included a monthly calendar in the book, where you can see how somebody can organize her time day by day, only it doesn't come out right in the ebook... [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster on Jul 20, 2016 - 6 answers

Excel reverse conditional formatting

I'd like something like conditional formatting, but that works the other way - a cell's value changes depending upon the colour the cell is filled with. [more inside]
posted by quinndexter on Jul 19, 2016 - 2 answers

Manager question: excel formatting

I have a question on how to set standards for an ambiguous process. Part of my job involves having my directs "body-shop" powerpoint/excel charts - i.e. organizing things on the page, making tables look nice, filling in / fleshing out commentary, etc. (I'm in consulting). How can I help them do this better? [more inside]
posted by The Ted on Jun 25, 2016 - 8 answers


I'm compiling chapters in a single Word file, and I'm doing the thing where I strip it of formatting before I paste it in and apply styles, but the endnotes are all fucked up. And I'm confused about how to do the Table of Contents. [more inside]
posted by there will be glitter on Jun 17, 2016 - 3 answers

Merging several documents into once document in Word 2010

I'm helping a friend format an edited volume for submission to the publisher. I have 12 chapters, each with different formatting. I need to put them all into one document, in order, and remove all the formatting quirks from chapters 2-12 so that they match the formatting of chapter 1. Is this possible? [more inside]
posted by still bill on Jun 10, 2016 - 7 answers

Writing MS Word macro to convert glossary formatting to Excel table

I need some guidance in writing a macro that will parse a glossary Word document and reformat it into an Excel spreadsheet with the term in one column and the definition in a second column. [more inside]
posted by beammeup4 on Jan 25, 2016 - 5 answers

Is it possible to format a report in Report Builder like this?

I'm supposed to put together a scheduled report in Report Builder and have it formatted in a way that I don't know how to do (grouped roughly by pairs of columns and then by rows. It's kind of hard to explain; mockup within). [more inside]
posted by johnofjack on Oct 27, 2015 - 3 answers

Getting Rid of Right-to-Left Text Entry in a MS Word Doc

How do I eradicate Hebrew right-to-left text editing from a Word document? [more inside]
posted by ottereroticist on Oct 21, 2015 - 7 answers

F Yer Attention to Detail: Employees Are Our Most Important Appliances

Why in God's name, in 2015, do recruiting websites still insist that you cut-and-paste the resume you just spent dozens of hours format-tweaking into a web page that changes / strips my hard-won formatting perfection? Why can't I just upload a Word or PDF or even RTF file, the file formats everyone in the rest of the known universe uses? [more inside]
posted by ZenMasterThis on Aug 3, 2015 - 16 answers

Microsoft Word find+replace - How to do this?

I have to "clean" a Word file by getting rid of all names before a tab mark. [more inside]
posted by TheGoodBlood on Jul 20, 2015 - 11 answers

Outlook Prints Emails As A Column of Single Characters

Outlook automatically formats some nested messages as very narrow columns a single character wide. I need to print out several such messages and I'm unable to format these properly. [more inside]
posted by I Foody on May 12, 2015 - 4 answers

What are the rules for explanatory notes?

I was reading a book of petry by T.S. Eliot with notes in the back half by Frank Kermode explaining the references, which got me wondering—what's the style for writing these kinds of footnotes? [more inside]
posted by KChasm on Apr 4, 2015 - 5 answers

I need a simple excel macro and I'm willing to pay.

I often (upwards of 15 times a day) need to select some of the text within a cell or textbox in Excel, and format it bold and red. Not all the text in the cell/box -- just the text I select. Is it possible to write macros to do this task? And where should I go to find someone to write it? [more inside]
posted by NoiselessPenguin on Mar 24, 2015 - 13 answers

Screenplay formatting of inarticulate sounds.

What formatting conventions are there for inarticulate sounds such as screams, cries, snores, etc. when writing screenplays? [more inside]
posted by ErikH2000 on Mar 14, 2015 - 9 answers

Looking for a blogging platform that handles equations and code

My friend and I are starting an academic blog. We will be posting equations and code snippets (mostly MATLAB), and are looking for a blogging platform that will allow us to enter them easily and display them nicely. Do you have any suggestions on what we should use?
posted by tickingclock on Feb 27, 2015 - 5 answers

Make my Instapaper instantly paper

I build up quite a bit of reading in my online skimming, but I want to be able to export all that into some kind of newspapery or magaziney template that I can print out and read in the paper-world. Reading off a screen just isn't doing it for me anymore. [more inside]
posted by ikahime on Jan 28, 2015 - 8 answers

Parsing movie/TV scripts

I have several scripts for movies and TV shows which appear to be in a standard tab-delimited format. I would like to get each character's lines alone into a new separate text document (likely via a computer script). [more inside]
posted by antonymous on Jan 5, 2015 - 6 answers

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

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