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Formatting refers to styling text elements on a page, using a word processing or page layout application.

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Mac Pages "Use Smart Quotes and Dashes" replaces apostrophe too

The way that the Pages app handles straight and smart quotes is clunky and problematic. Is there a way to fix it? Here's the problem. Update: I assumed when asking this question that "straight ...
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TextEdit disables menu when selected text has different fonts/styles

Prior to Sonoma, when using TextEdit (virtually always editing rich text docs), I could select any text and add/remove a style to whatever styles were present in the text. For example, if I had a ...
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How do I add a new chapter in a book in Pages with the same formatting and (when applicable) icon?

I am a fan of the styles of book that they have available to use and edit in this program. I am frustrated when I start a new chapter that I have to copy/paste the title of the last chapter to steal ...
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Infinite-scroll document in Pages

How can I create an infinite-scroll document workspace with no page breaks in Pages (like "Web Layout" in Microsoft Word)? Microsoft Word has options for "Print Layout" and "...
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How to export paragraph styles in Pages?

Here for example are four Paragraph Styles I often use: Notice I have them all set up nicely, even with the F-key. My remote colleague was working on a similar document. I wanted to say to her "...
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How to retain the formatting of Apple Notes at export?

I want to export some notes as PDFs or any other type of text file to save them locally, but when I go to File -> Export as PDF... it shrinks down the note page width, meaning the lines of code and ...
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I cannot copy the text style in Microsoft Word using the keyboard shortcut

For years I have used Cmd+Shift+C to copy text style in Microsoft Word, and then Cmd+Shift+V to paste the style. Recently when I'm in Word (or Excel) and type Cmd+Shift+C it always opens my Calendar ...
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Is it possible to format a disk as ext4 on big sur using some brew package?

I see a lot of questions asking how to mount and access ext4 file systems, which can be solved with the brew packages: macFUSE, ext4FUSE. The Question: Is there a way to format an external disk to ...
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External SSD Corrupted

I have been downloading a (legit) torrent file to my external drive, and left it overnight, then I woke up and found unable to connect to my mac anymore on its own, and I have been trying every ...
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Pages 12.0 on Monterey 12.4: Why can't I add or change certain parts of styles?

See screen shots. All the circled options are greyed out. File is not locked or read only. I can edit text and other things no problem. If it's relevant, collaboration is turned on and shared with ...
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How to switch a text to lowercase within Pages

Within Pages, how to switch a text selection to lowercase ( or to uppercase )? My actual workaround is: copy the text within Pages, open vi without any file name, paste the selected text, keep the ~ ...
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how can you completely format the ssd disk and erase data in the MacBook - after cyberattack

Unfortunately, I had a cyber attack that took control of my browser, running background processes on my laptop. I have already Erased All Contents and Settings with these steps: Open System ...
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Why does data remain after disk erase and factory reset - macOS Monterey

I've tried to erase and factory reset my MacBook, using Erase All Content and Settings in System Preferences. However, after completing the operation, and configuring the MacBook again, I can find the ...
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How to edit a cell title / label in Numbers?

I started a new sheet using the "Simple Budget" template on the Mac. I edited the text values of the cells and changed the numbers' column format to be just Number. All good but when I ...
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How To Continue Footnote Across Multiple Pages in a Pages Document?

I have a footnote in a Pages document that I want to span across multiple pages. I essentially want the footnote to continue in the footnote margin on the next page, or possibly take up a whole page ...
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How to factory reset and wipe clean a macbook pro with APFS filesystem?

I have a Macbook pro with HD (not SSD) upgaded up to Big Sur. I formatted it and reinstalled BigSur (to be configured). I would like to clean all data (but keeping a boot option or OSX installation if ...
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Questions re: SMB Folders; Finder Background Color for subfolders

I am the only Mac user at a PC office, and I have to work with an SMB server from time to time. It's easier for me to copy the files from the SMB to my computer, do the work I need to do, then copy ...
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Recover accidentally reformatted encrypted HFS+ volume

On my Mac I have an internal SSD divided in 2: encrypted HFS+, case-sensitive, journaled volume: noether 1 250 Go noether 2 250 Go Last night I mistakenly formatted the 2nd volume with Disk Utility: ...
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How do you deal with the equations numbering in Pages? [duplicate]

How can I number equations in Pages following standard form: P.S. No, I don't want to use MS Word... I usually write in LaTeX, however, some documents/papers cannot be given for a review in .tex ...
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Unable to format internal disk: disk is read-only

I'm having a strange issue with my MacBook Pro (13" early 2015 running macOS Catalina 10.15.7): few days ago I was using my computer when it has suddenly shut down, when i powered it back on and ...
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Numbers standard cell dark mode

In Numbers, is there any way to make all standard cells of all spreadsheets (including existing spreadsheets created by others) be displayed in dark mode (i.e. have a black background with white text)?...
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How to format selected text in monospace in Apple Notes app?

When I select a text and hit Command+Shift M, It format the whole line instead of the selected text. Example: This is a code expected: This is a code What I have: This is a code
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Change default indent size in mail.app

My mail.app seems to default to a barbaric 8-space indent-size. Is there anyway to change this (e.g. is there a plist file somewhere that includes this specification)? Thanks!
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In Pages on iPad, formatting to add line over paragraph?

I’m writing a document with Pages on iPad. When I select the “Heading 3” style it puts a line above the text, like this: I can't find how to create that kind of formatting manually, outside of the ...
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Pages: rotate existing, wide table by 90 degrees so that the rows are now vertical possible? (equations in several cells)

I have a complex table in Pages 8.2.1 and several cells have equation objects in them. The table has gotten too wide and I want to rotate it by 90 degrees. From what I understand I can't rotate one ...
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Why are some PDFs scrambled when opened with Preview on Mac?

Consider this PDF file for example. The text in this file appears scrambled when opened with Safari or Preview. However, the PDF is formatted fine when opened with Adobe Acrobat Reader DC or most 3rd ...
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uneditable layout block in Pages.app

I have a Pages document with two layout blocks that cannot be resized. The top one especially, is very narrow, extending from 2.5cm (on the left) to 13.4cm (on the right). The document itself is 21 cm ...
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Is it possible to define a custom numbering style in Pages?

I would like to cite some articles, books. The standard form is to use square brackets, but Pages these are not within Pages numbering styles. I want to achieve: [1] 1st source [2] 2nd source . ....
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Where can I find a reference for Apple's extensions to RTF format?

I was inspecting an RTFD file and I noticed it contained several Apple-specific directives. Where can I find a reference or explanation for all of these directives? Examples: \appleattachmentpadding0 ...
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Time formatting in Activity Monitor

What's the time formatting in the CPU Time column? so for example 1:07.75 Is it hh:mm.ss? or is it 1min 7sec 75ms
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Why does the font change after I paste an image in TextEdit?

Here is a simple sequence of actions in TextEdit in macOS 10.13.6 that produces an unexpected side-effect. I don’t understand why, and would like to know how to prevent it. Create a new document in ...
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CSV from Windows Server Unable to open on Linux/Mac

A small CSV file that was generated on a Windows server is not opening correctly on Linux/Mac. The only way to open this file is via MS Excel for Mac, which gives the following prompt: The CSV file ...
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Table in Keynote with booktabs style

When creating tables in Keynote, is there a way to create them with the booktabs style of typesetting? For those not familiar with booktabs, an example table looks like this: ------------------------...
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How to name new hard drive without conflict?

I have a MacBook Pro with a single SSD installed - the disc is called “my favourite name” I just purchased a new larger ssd which I want to install instead of my old ssd. When I format the new drive ...
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How to format a cell with data YYYYMMDD in Numbers to be a date type?

I created a custom format to try and format a date column to be used within categories. However, Numbers tend to keep reverting my custom format to "Automatic" and I'm unable to group the data as part ...
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Pages: How can I make a new character style permanent?

(Pages 8.1 on 2017 Macbook). I made a couple of new character styles when editing a document. They show up in the inspector correctly, but only when editing that particular document. I'd like to ...
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HELP; CountIFs function?

Cells F25:F406 contain dropdown lists with 15 different names. Cells J25:J406 contain checkboxes. I want one cell to count when 1 of those 15 people select their name from the dropdown list AND ...
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Mails message contents not 'wrapping' (i.e. running off edge of box)

I use OSX 'Mail' to look at my email. I have received a message whose contents are not 'wrapping'. Usually, when I resize a window the line breaks reformat so that all the message can be seen. In ...
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Number roadmaps as A001 instead of A1 using Word page numbers

To identify roadmaps provided to participants to a biycle randonnee, I want to number them as A001 to A150, B001 to B150 and C001 to C150. After printing the required roadmaps in a printshop, I ...
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Finding all places where a paragraph style is used?

When attempting to delete a paragraph style in Keynote, one can get the dialog that reads: The style you want to delete is used in the document. Choose a style to replace it: How can one go about ...
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How to create numbered sub-lists in Mail application?

Is it possible to create nested numbered lists in MacOS's Mail client? —e.g.: 1. Foo 1.1. Foo is cool 1.2. Foo is great 2. Bar 2.1. Bar is not so cool 2.2. Bar is not so great I've ...
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Update style button not appearing in Pages

This issue occurs for me constantly in Mac Pages. When I want to update a style, such as changing line-spacing or fonts, the "Update" button will not appear next to the selected style in the format ...
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Recover data with file structure HFS+ on Mojave

I'm desperate and trying almost everything. That's what happened. I was having problem with Time Machine. One file was not letting time machine finish the backup. But to discover this took me a while. ...
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Keyboard acts strangely when using Chrome with certain web apps

When I use Chrome to type text in Dropbox Paper, Wordpress Custom CSS or Facebook, the keyboard acts strangely. When I want to remove a character, two characters get removed instead of one, and when I ...
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Create variable size columns from tab deleminated file

I would like to columnize data from excel. I need to paste the data in a simple text file. Tabs need to be replaced with blanks. What I need is to be able to select the column width.How cat ...
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Unable to format sandisk ultra 16gb usb3.0 pendrive in mac

I have been using Sandisk Ultra usb 3.0 pen drive since Jan, 2016. I live in Mumbai. But previous month, I created bootable usb with mac os Mojave. Then I formatted pen drive. Dont know what happened, ...
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Make all occurrences of string superscript

I'm currently using Pages to write a rather long essay and have run into an annoying problem I can't seem to find the answer to. I have included a bibliography in my document and have referenced the ...
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Preview.app uses large font size regardless of settings

macOS 10.14 Mojave on a MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Early 2015) Preview Version 10.1 (944.6.16) Preview.app fails to adjust the font size of text entered in PDF text fields appropriately to the ...
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Accidentally deleted external USB Drive and now I can't access it

I accidentally formatted an external USB Drive to APFS, I needed to change it back so I found this walkthrough: https://www.techrepublic.com/article/how-to-revert-back-to-apples-hfs-from-apfs/ and I ...
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Is it possible to change/remove Pages' table row/column size limits?

I want to make a row in a table super thin but Pages has a 0.28in minimum for rows when auto-resize is turned on and a 0.11in minimum for rows when auto-resize is turned off. I searched everywhere ...
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