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for·mat

 (fôr′măt′)
n.
1. A plan for the organization and arrangement of a specified production.
2. The material form or layout of a publication.
3. Computers
a. The arrangement of data for storage or display.
b. A method for achieving such an arrangement.
tr.v. for·mat·ted, for·mat·ting, for·mats
1. To plan or arrange in a specified form: They formatted the conference so that each speaker had less than 15 minutes to deliver a paper.
2. Computers
a. To divide (a disk) into marked sectors to allow for the storage of data.
b. To determine the arrangement of (data) for storage or display.

[French, ultimately from Latin fōrmātus, past participle of fōrmāre, to form, from fōrma, form.]
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formatting

(ˈfɔːmætɪŋ)
n
(Computer Science) the style of the format of a computer document
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.formatting - the organization of information according to preset specifications (usually for computer processing)formatting - the organization of information according to preset specifications (usually for computer processing)
info, information - a message received and understood
high-level formatting - (computer science) the format for the root directory and the file allocation tables and other basic configurations
initialisation, initialization, low-level formatting - (computer science) the format of sectors on the surface of a hard disk drive so that the operating system can access them and setting a starting position
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Translations

formatting

[ˈfɔːmætɪŋ] Nformateado m, formateo m
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formatting

n (Comput) → Formatierung f
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Barbara Selznick (2008) explains that comedy and reality programs (including game shows) are better suited to formatting than dramatic shows would be.
I was conducting seminars for the IMA[R] Lincoln Trail Council in Nashville and Louisville and was asked the same question each time: "Why won't custom number formatting applied to a pivot table stay after the pivot table is changed?" This is a common question that has plagued Excel for years.
The easiest way is with Conditional Formatting. Begin by highlighting the rows you want to format--presumably an entire worksheet by clicking on the blank cell to the left of column A and above the 1.
The PDF-A standard will be a slimmed-down version of PDF 1.4, a version of the published, freely available PDF specification, and will be useful for formatting document files that contain multiple pages of text, raster images, or vector graphics.
To eliminate this problem, the disc needs to be "de-iced," a process similar in concept to hard disk formatting. When a double-layer DVD disc is de-iced, null data is written on any unrecorded sections to completely fill the disc, enabling the laser to jump layers and navigate the entire disc without getting lost.
With Host Interface International, DVD-RAM discs can be formatted with standard Windows NTFS file formatting. Double Image 5.0 then treats the DVD-RAM disc exactly like any other hard drive--with the benefits of removability.
confrontations with a final page that contains one line, "The End." In the case of production companies, the full-blown packages do so much beyond formatting, that to ignore them would be like snubbing digital editing software.
* No formatting of the text (e.g., no italics, bold, size changes).
During a recent Power Excel seminar for an IMA chapter, one of the audience members wished for a return to the simpler conditional formatting choices available in Excel 2003.
* Excel and Word: A fast way to copy formatting or styles to multiple parts of a document or worksheet: Click on the word or number whose formatting you want to duplicate, click twice on the Format Painter#, which looks like a paintbrush, then just click on any numbers or text you want similarly formatted.
Escoe walks the reader through a lengthy review of formatting options available, including narrative, play scripts, and flow charts.