pdf view and print

Change the pdf view and print format! Now when you click on the pdf icon (if you want the instrcucable to be viewed in pdf format) in the instructable you have selected, another page opens and you have to click on the pdf name to view/print in the pdf format. i suggest that when you click on the 1st view of the pdf icon, it immediately opens the pdf....therefore one less step!

Posted by lehmannheinz 10 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago

My instructable has changed and not by me? Answered

 The links are not working, extra characters are in it, and the formating has changed.  I was able to re-load most of it, but some of the formatting won't change.  (eg.  before I could enter links like this..  [http://www.whereever.com  This is the link] and it would work - now it doesn't  The formatting of the titles won't stay a I put it.  It is on a couple of lines in the instructable, but ok on my edit page. What is happening?

Asked by jdl 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

New Download format

I REALLY LIKE the new Download system--it is a several-clicks improvement over the previous system. About the only thing I wish it did was provide a default title for the saved file. Bravo for the improvement!

Posted by ottoj 2 years ago

convert video format to play on kindle file hd

I just downloaded some videos from Youtube, while they cannot be successfully transferred and played on my Kindle Fire HD. I am looking for anything can convert video format to MP4 to play on my Kindle Fire HD, and the product has to allow me to choose which device I was converting for.

Posted by AntoineJerry 5 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago

I don't like the new giant font format

Hey.  I'm not using your site on a tiny telephone screen.  Please give me back the previous format so that I can see more than a few sentences per page!  Also, I dislike the full page pictures.  Let me click on them if I want to see more detail.  It really interrupts the flow of your site.

Posted by trossin 11 months ago  |  last reply 10 months ago


I have a WD passport external hard drive but i do not know how to convert it into the FAT32 format. Does anyone know how i can do this. Please Help Me! This Is The :WD PASSPORT

Posted by rickick 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago

How does one create a batch script that will run under unicode format? Answered

If you want to use special characters provided in command prompt and implement them in a batch script, how would one run a batch script in unicode format? Once it is created, a batch script must be run in ANSI encoding. But the special characters will be lost! Answers?

Asked by TATcreator 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

i'm just curious about the new format

I've been gone for a little while and instructables has really expanded but what is with the "pro" thing by some people's names and the instructable guides? p.s. i didn't know what categorie it belonged to

Asked by SuperCoPilot 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Hotmail formatting problem - a question from my mother. Answered

My mother uses Hotmail (Windows, IE), and is having an issue with formatting.  Whilst typing an email, the formatting buttons (bold, underline etc) do not all work. They are visible, and if you hover the cursor over them they will tell you what they should do, but nothing actually happens. Worse (for her), the emoticon button isn't working either. Click on it, and the selection of emoticons appears, but none will work. Does anybody have a fix that can be described over the phone to a woman near the end of her seventh decade, who refers to the cursor as "the blinky thing", and who has to keep the instructions for cutting and pasting written down beside her computer?

Asked by Kiteman 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago

What HTML formatting can we use in our instructables? Do I have to be a pro member to use them?

I actually want to embed a gist from git hub in my instructable. Is this possible?  The embedding uses  tag

Asked by Menixator 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago

help with music file? Answered

I need help converting a AU format sound to a MP3 format sound

Asked by 2hot2hack 7 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

Formatting Errors

I noticed a few things on a few instructables and forum topics that I found interesting. In some cases, the bold and italics tags are not being closed, leading to these two cases Italics Look at the sidebar to the right Bold Everything past the first step, including the side bar

Posted by n8man 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Ideal -ible FORMAT??

Back in the day, I read Popular mechanics all the time. They had a page for nifty home projects. Kind of the instructables of the time. As I recall, the whole idea was conveyed in 1 pic.  If you knew how to use tools, you could do it.  I find myself annoyed  with having to click through pages of steps in instructables. But maybe that's just me. Maybe that's a better format for a generation without shop class and scoutmasters. I'm looking for feedback here. Am I the only one who likes all the instructions on 1 page? Do my -ibles with 1 big block of text and  "refer to fig 3"  work for you guys? (it would be nice if photo -ibles could have figure numbers on pics)  But maybe that's too old school.  https://www.instructables.com/id/HarpoonGrappling-Hook-Gun/ One of my buddies said my format would make printing it up easy. Usually I like to have directions on paper if I'm gonna  refer to them while turning a wrench and gettin filthy.  As far as a typical reader on -ibles, what's the best format?

Posted by Toga_Dan 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

Any way to make any quicktime formatted videos play in Windows Media player or Windows Movie maker?

My iPhone records video in .MOV format, which is only quicktime supported.  This means I can't edit it using Windows Movie maker or play it in Windows media player, however it says there is a codec available for it.  However, google hasn't gotten me any good results.   Is there really any way to play these types of videos in WMP for free?

Asked by DJ Radio 8 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago

New email newsletter format

I put this in "forums" and "Burning Questions" but I don't know if that's where it should go. Anyway, it's just a point of feedback about the new format in the weekly email newsletter: I don't care for it much. I liked the previous format where there were a dozen (? I think?) featured projects, and the contests listed at the bottom. This new format with only three or four projects, with big photos, is disappointing. I don't come visit the site itself nearly as often now. I did go in and change my preferences for categories, but it seems the newsletter is locked onto certain categories regardless what I signed up for. I much prefer having more featured projects to peruse, and most weeks one or more of them would get me to the site, and I'd spend more time after viewing the one, viewing more.  Just my one opinion.  threeoutside

Posted by threeoutside 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago

How to convert a jpeg format picture to DICOM format??

I have the hard copy of an MRI ( it's in xray sheets). Unfortunately I don't have it in a CD. I need to send this abroad but I can't send the x-ray of the MRI just in case I need it here. I have taken pictures of the x-ray using a light box. Now I have been asked to send the pictures in DICOM format. I have no idea how that is done. I have about  5 x-ray sheets and in each there are about 29 pictures. I have taken individual pictures of each and every picture. Can someone please help me to achieve this? I need to do this ASAP! Thanks

Posted by shazni 4 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago

Can you allow users to use mathjax to add nicely formatted equations?

Http://www.mathjax.org/ Users can use Latex-like formatting, such as $\sum_{i=1}^n \frac{1}{n}$. See http://math.stackexchange.com for example. Thanks, Joe

Posted by angler 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

Can you watch videos or hear music while converting videos, or will it ruin the audio for the video?

The converting video is either ging to be MP4 or MPG format so i was just wondering if hearing music or watching youtube videos will affect the audio for either format?

Asked by chickychick89 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

i want to use me WD My Passport 320gb external hard drive on my xbox 360 so i can put my games off the disk onto it Answered

I tried making multiple partitions of 15.9gb each since thats all the xbox will allow me to format up to but it completely formats the hard drive and gets rid of the other partitions then formats it, is there a way to lock these partitions to keep the xbox 360 from removing them and making a new one? i dont care if i have to use a hacker program to make this work, im not much into the dont do this dont do that on hardware and whatnot. please help. btw i only have a 20gb xbox hard drive =/ 14.3gb of useable space after formatting .. kidnda stupid, they should compensate for the formatting at make it where you GET 20gb not 14.3. also like my 1tb hard drive it says on the outside 1000gb but its only 932gb.. anyway thats irrelivant. PLEASE HELP!!

Asked by egammoc 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

how to avoid lump formation due to carbonates in lab slab cultured marble samples.?

When we make lab samples, small lumps are formed which is difficult to break in the mixtures. This on pressing gives spots of carbonate specks which looks very odd and damages the beauty of the samples.

Asked by ashok -1955 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Including a drawing in a post?

I want to reply to an instuctable but need to include a simple drawing, either .bmp or .png format.  I've tried using the "add images" button, dragged the picture over but it didn't appear with the post so I had to delete the post.  Are these picture formats compatible or is there something else I need to do?

Asked by CurtR 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago

How do you format URLs on this site as a text-click link? IE "click this" brings you to google? Answered

I can't figure it out, I can get regular links, but I want the word Google underlined and when I click it I go to http://www.google.com ?

Asked by Coodude26 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

"Invalid formatting" error when inserting link

. When trying to insert a (valid) link to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Executive_order_(United_States) , I get the following error msg:Invalid formatting in the comment.. Getting rid of everything after the "r" cleared it up, so I'm assuming it's the parentheses that trip the error.

Posted by NachoMahma 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

can i talk to multiple arduinos at the same time with another arduino, in a serial format?

Hello all, I am trying to talk to multiple (say 4) microcontrollers (Arduinos) at the same time. I was wondering if i can setup a serial connection, with a selection line that can detect the neighbor Arduino and enable the corresponding pin to start the serial communication between the two. something like this:

Posted by karimskarim 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago

All instructables formatting codes

Does anybody know a place (or can list themselves) that lists all the codes used to format the text, post videos, links, et cetera? I just want to know as i'm making an offline editor for myself (mostly as a practice project) and don't know all the codes. It's a live editor so as you type you can see a preview of it to the right. At the moment i have to add "/" to end the command, but I will add an exporter to remove them automatically. Currently all i have implemented are the ones shown here;

Posted by inevitable_chaos 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago

A VIDEO question (AVI format) - this is for my instructable which is nearly finished....

The video I worked so hard on, and still have a copy of on my computer at home, does not sound as loud nor is the audio synched with the video once it got loaded into youtube. Anyone know what could have happened ?Here is the mess it became:

Posted by Goodhart 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

Options for customizing pdf

The standard page size of the pdf's is always Letter format, maybe it's a good idea to have an option for a different format when you choose to customize your pdf, I live in Europe and my paper size i use is A4 for example but I can imagine that somewhere else we have other paper sizes.

Posted by Maddy67 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Why is it so hard to create Instructables with Google Chrome?

It used to be easy to create Instructables in Chrome. You used to be able to import Word documents complete with formatting and links.  Exactly like the editor I see on this page. I tried it today and it wouldn't import any formatting or hyperlinks. What happened?? Lazy Old Geek

Asked by msuzuki777 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago

PM formatting bug

The word-wrapping in PMs is broken.  The easiest way to see what I mean is to look at the screenshot of this test PM I was kindly sent. It's not a major thing, but it does drop half-bricks in front of my bicycle of thought when I'm reading long PMs (of which I have had quite a few recently).

Posted by Kiteman 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

How can download or copy Google Books excerpts so I can read them on my Sony eReader ? Format is NOT important?

I can put a file in Word Rich Text Format or PDF or Sony eReader's file format, so that is NOT the issue I simply want to be able to read the excerpts on my eReader Legally, by the way, most college professors have programs that will spot plagiarism from copying & pasting and the book parts are shown anyway All I want to do is better use what is shown, because I enjoy reading on my eReader

Asked by zyzzyva57 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Issue with line spacing in lists

I'm having a really annoying issue with formatting while writing Instructables. I'm sure someone else has complained before, but there's little else for me to do besides bringing attention to the issue. When writing instructables on a PC (Chrome, Windows 10), I'm having very annoying issues with line spacing when copying paste from another window. Most of the time it is simply copying text from some prior instructable I've wrote. It is especially problematic in lists. The issue is that sometimes the spacing between lines doubles after copying text, and even in subsequent lines the issue persists. This makes consistent formatting impossible. It seems to be due to copying the text from other formatted sources, but there are still conflicts when I try to copy and paste unformatted text. I'm not exactly sure what the trigger for the issue is. I have posted an image where no space between lines exists for the first 3 bullets of the list, but for the following lines (after pasting the third bullet point), all the spacing is double spaced. It does appear that it shows correctly (consistent formatting) when the instructable is posted and viewed online from a PC, but when viewed on a mobile device, the formatting gets messed up again and shows inconsistently. The issue also seems to sometimes involve different font sizing. Anyway, I just wanted to mention this since I'm finding it very annoying. I'd want to be able to have more control on the formatting, and also being able to copy formatted text (bold, underline...) from other prior instructables. But for the moment with just not having to deal with the line spacing option I'd be satisfied.

Posted by MillennialDIYer 1 year ago  |  last reply 1 year ago


We would like to convert .pps to a video format so that we could play it on the TV, as it will accept .avi

Asked by emit 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

embedded instructable - all links are missing, formatting a bit off

Having some problems when i use the "share" -> "embed" feature to put my instructable in my own website.  all hyperlinks in the instructable do not show up in the embedded version, that's the biggest trouble.  various rich-formatting stuff shows up a bit weird also. thanks, -dan-

Posted by dan 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

I can't read the site pages...they only show up as tiny PDF views...Help!

The Instructables site only shows up in PDF page view which is too small for me to read. Can someone explain how to get the regular page format view back?

Posted by OutofPatience 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago

What is wrong in my batch file? Answered

@echo off title Camo echo what is the location of the folder that has the files (e.g C:\x) set /p file=C:\x echo what is the name of the file that you are trying to hide in set /p namefile=picture echo what is the name of the 7z file that you created (including format) set /p zip=File2.7z echo what will be the name of the new picture that will be created containing the files set /p namehider=newpicture echo what is the picture's format? set /p format=PNG cd %file% copy /b %namefile%.%format% + %zip% %namehider%.%format% I am attempting to automate a process that I do manually but can't seem to get the desired result. First i must have 7zip compress a couple files from a specific folder, which, I haven't attempted to write commands for yet (taking suggestions). Next the below is intended to run in CMD using the created zip file and a picture like so cd\ enter cd x enter copy /b Picture.png + x.7z NEWPICTURE.png The product should be deposited back into C:\X

Asked by Dauntless 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago

Editor shows plain HTML

Hi, while working at this one https://www.instructables.com/id/Waveshare-EPaper-and-a-RaspberryPi I experienced some clitches in the editor. 1. Code sections (formated with the paragraph "Code") are loaded in the editor including the HTML formating tags etc. When saving this they apear in the text as well, so the formating within the code section is destroyed every time. Browser = Chrome 60.3312... all my Safaris  On an up to date iPad the complete page is shown as HTML within the editor, I did not try to save it there Feature Requests 2. More Header styles 3. insert a table ? User experience suffers a bit :-( Cheers Mario

Posted by mariosis 1 year ago  |  last reply 1 year ago

Comment HTML formatting, etc.

Re: this thread , I hate to have to say this but I don't think it's the best idea to make a big thing ofd the ability to use arbitrary HTML in comments.  Yes, it's great to be able to go  G o o g l e all over the place, but the lack of source editor for non-pro members actually cripples the editor, including the ability to save the text of a comment with formatting/links etc. and post it later (or just keep it in case the editor screws up and deletes your comment, like it just did to me).  While the point of the pro value-added features is to make people want to go pro and "non-essential but cool" features are probably the best way of doing that without creating resentment, I still suspect the anti-pro regiment like ReCreate etc. don't need another reason to accuse pro members of lording it over the great unwashed.

Posted by PKM 9 years ago

Why doesn't my PS CS6 have the same format or capabilities as those showin in tutorials?

When I open Photoshop CS6, my timeline window isn't formatted the same way as those in all the tutorial videos I've watched. For instance, I have no audio button and I can't figure out how to change the preferences or settings. The layers/frames line up horizontally instead of vertically. This is my first time accessing timeline, so I don't understand why it's so different. Help anyone? I've included a picture of what my timeline looks like.

Asked by superxtall 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

CSS problems? a: hover broken on viewing multiline ible titles

When you go to a page that has 'ibles listed in the block formation (the 4x3 formation) then the orange links under each ible that become underlined when you hover on them, when you hover the last line of the ible title doesn't turn underlined. An example of this is on my user profile page: https://www.instructables.com/member/Jayefuu/?show=INSTRUCTABLES&sort;=VIEWS&limit;=12 I don't see this bug when I visit a page with ibles shown in the 5x4 format, like this page: https://www.instructables.com/tag/type-id/ I'm using Windows XP w/ SP3 w/ 1024x600 res and Firefox 3.5.6

Posted by Jayefuu 9 years ago

"Import from Word"

I've been trying to post my most recent instructable and all has gone smoothly except for the fact that the "paste from word" option does not work. I am using word 2010 on a windows 7 computer with chrome, firefox, and IE 9. All three browsers will only import the plain text format of word documents that I type up rather than the fully formatted versions. It's not that I cant format everything I need via the main text input screen, its just that frankly the scrony forum post-type entry field sucks for writing well organized instructables. Please fix this! ~Love poent

Posted by Poent 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

Home movies of the Instructables Robot

Hello.I wish to share with you home movies of me.You might have seen this movie playing on the Instructables homepage.It is sometimes in the upper right corner.The movies are in the .fla and .swf formats.I apologize as this format may not work in your VHS format playback device.160x600300x250Here is some HTML for you to put these movies on your own internets:160x600300x250

Posted by Instructables Robot 11 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

Mobile Phone Format

To Whomever has the ability to make this available, please, please, please seriously consider making the website mobile phone friendly. When I try to view the site on my Droid smartphone it is difficult because of the way the text displays.  I love instructables and I also do a lot of web viewing on my phone.  It would be nice if it were not so difficult. Thanks.

Posted by 3.1415 8 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

Gigabot Giveaway

Do you have a BIG idea to make HUGE difference through LARGE format 3D printing? Gigabot is giving away one of their large format 3D printer in the Great Big Gigabot Giveaway!  To Enter: Create a video explaining how you would use Gigabot for social good. Your idea should be original and support a local community or organization. See more details here.

Posted by Carleyy 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago

how to download an ebook?

I'm trying to download the ebooks, I click on the download ebook lik, a pageopens, reccomending different formats but no download link

Asked by bmthgooner 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

eBook creation software question? Answered

What is the best (free) software for converting word documents with images to an ebook format compatible with the Kindle?

Asked by Kiteman 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

capture packets in wireshack wont launch

I want to launch my capturing packets but it shows me unrecognized libpcap format

Asked by real hobbyist 9 months ago


Unable to download pdf format ebooks of  How to Draw and Bicycle Mods. Attached are the XML error messages when trying to download each pdf file. Thanks.

Posted by lyfsavor 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago