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formatting

[′fȯr‚mad·iŋ]
(computer science)
The preparation of a magnetic storage device to receive data structures; for example, the recording of track and sector information on a floppy disk.

formatting

(1) Creating a high-level format on a magnetic disk drive. When a drive is being formatted, a "formatting" message appears to indicate that the operation will continue until completed and cannot be cancelled. See format program.

(2) The process of placing data into a prescribed structure. The term typically refers to an operation that is completed when the entire set of input has been processed. See format, file format and parse.
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With Conditional Formatting you can easily identify all the target accounts for further examination by placing a unique color format in all cells where the amount is greater than $25,000.