Textformats allow you to decide how user input is filtered.
Why would you want to create a new text format? There are several reasons. One real life example is if you want to add an Adsense ad to your site and you need a custom text format with zero formatting.
First, visit the text formats authoring section under Content Authoring at admin > config or admin/config.
|Text formats are accessible via the configuration.|
Click the Add text format link.
|The link has a plus button in front of it. Plus means add.|
When adding a new format, you need a unique name and machine name. You need to decide what role will have access to the filter. A list of available filter can be selected. If you select more than one filter, good luck. Multi filter processing can be a mind numbing adventure. If you do select more than one, Drupal will prompt you on what order you want the processing to take place.
|The four pronged arrows allow you change the order of the filter processing.|
If the filter that you selected, has settings, you will be able to adjust those settings in the Filter settings at the bottom of the page.
|The filter, Limit allowed HTML tags, has settings for the tags allowed. Be advised, not all filters have settings.|
With your text format selections made, click the Save configuration button at the bottom of the page.
|This example is real code. For this site, we need a text format with no formatting for a block that housed the Adsense code.|
Upon saving the text format, you will be greeted by the standard green confirmation box. Your text format is ready for use.