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Mysteriously Moving Margins in Word

In Microsoft Word 2008 (and older versions), if you put your cursor in a paragraph and then move a tab or indent marker in the ruler, the change applies to just that paragraph. If your markers are closely spaced, you may have trouble grabbing the right one, and inadvertently work with tabs when you want to work with indents, or vice-versa. The solution is to hover your mouse over the marker until a yellow tooltip confirms which element you're about to drag.

I recently came to appreciate the importance of waiting for those tooltips: a document mysteriously reset its margins several times while I was under deadline pressure, causing a variety of problems. After several hours of puzzlement, I had my "doh!" moment: I had been dragging a margin marker when I thought I was dragging an indent marker.

When it comes to moving markers in the Word ruler, the moral of the story is always to hover, read, and only then drag.


TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 23-Feb-09

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ScreenFlow 1.5 from Telestream is the latest version of the highly regarded screencasting software for Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard. Changes include titling and text support that enables users to add text objects directly to the timeline, customizable mouse pointers, ten new audio effects, the capability to mix mono microphones to stereo, and integration with Telestream's Flip4Mac WMV which lends Windows Media support. The update also addresses two critical bugs that cause crashes after upgrading to Quicktime 7.6 - one when importing QuickTime content, and one when exporting to your Apple TV, iPod, or iPhone. The full list of bug fixes is available (as a PDF document) from Telestream's Web site. ($99 new, free update, 6.2 MB)

MercuryMover 2.0.3 from Helium Foot Software is a minor maintenance update to the keyboard shortcut utility for moving and resizing windows. Issues that have been resolved include incompatibility with Nvidia video cards, poor interface layout on smaller displays, windows incorrectly centering when display sizes change, and the frontmost application not being properly restored when dismissing MercuryMover with its hot key. ($20, free update, 867 KB)

TextExpander 2.5.2 from SmileOnMyMac updates the typing shortcut utility with several new features and some minor bug fixes. The latest version enables users to create snippets from shell scripts, assign those snippets abbreviations, and then trigger the shell scripts with those abbreviations. Also new is improved format handling when creating snippets from the clipboard, and a fix for a bug that causes problems with updating URL-based snippet groups. ($29.95 new, free update, 3.6 MB)

MacBook SMC Update 1.3 from Apple is a specific firmware update for the 2009 white polycarbonate MacBook. SMC stands for System Management Controller, a micro controller located on the logic board that is responsible for the computer's power functions. As such, the update addresses issues causing slow startup times when starting up from battery power only. (Free update, 4.3 MB).

WireTap Studio 1.0.8 from Ambrosia Software is a minor update to the tool for recording and editing audio on your Mac. The update brings enhanced editor capabilities, improved handling of large files, a fix for an issue that prevents new recordings from appearing after creating or updating a library, a fix for a bug that causes problems in LivePreview when opening particular file formats, and improved support for iPhone exports. ($69 new, free update, 30.8 MB)

Things 1.0.4 from Cultured Code is a maintenance update to the Getting Things Done-inspired task manager. In the latest version, adding a new task to a completed project now marks the project as incomplete, adding a new task to a logged project now marks the task as logged, and marking a task as uncompleted in a completed project now marks the project as uncompleted. Additionally, dragging items from the Trash to another area now marks those items as active. The update also improves reliability and support for iPhone sync. ($49.95 new, free update, 4.3 MB).

The ConceptDraw WebWave plug-in from CS Odessa is a new plug-in for ConceptDraw Pro 8. ConceptDraw WebWave enables users to plan and design Web sites quickly through Web site prototyping, page mock-up creation, and site-mapping. The plug-in offers Web site content and documentation functionality, site structure planning capabilities, a Color Generator that enables users to design color schemes, and access to additional Web-specific objects and template libraries. ConceptDraw WebWave is also capable of managing project resources with its capability to assign resources and generate to-do lists. ($99 when purchased with the $249 ConceptDraw Pro 8, not available for separate purchase)


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