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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.

 
 

Hot Topics in TidBITS Talk for 4 January 2010

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This week's discussions cover a broad range: getting Mail and Gmail to talk; pondering whether it's possible to use an iPhone as one's sole computer; replacing an aging Power Mac; using OpenType fonts between Mac and Windows environments; converting Eudora mailbox archives; distributing the multimedia project If Monks had Macs; keeping printer ink fresh when not in use; recording streaming audio; and buying a scanner.


IMAP, Gmail, and Apple Mail -- What should one do when Apple Mail stops syncing with Gmail? (3 messages)


G4 replacement recommendations -- A reader needs to replace an older Power Mac, but does he need all the power and expense of a brand new machine? Would buying a faster PowerPC model suit his needs? (36 messages)


The iPhone Nomad - Is He or She Possible? Travelers have wondered if an iPhone is sufficient computing power to take when on the road, but one reader is wondering if it's possible to use the iPhone as one's only computer. (7 messages)


OpenType .otf Fonts -- It should be possible to use one set of OpenType fonts for Mac and Windows, but experience suggests that problems arise. (10 messages)


Eudora archives to other email programs -- Readers report success with Emailchemy, a utility for converting Eudora's mailbox files for use with other email programs. (2 messages)


post-commercial software - best way to give my If Monks had Macs away? The author of the classic If Monks had Macs wonders how best to distribute the massive multimedia project for free without paying for a lot of bandwidth. The consensus: BitTorrent. (19 messages)


Inkjet printer on several-month hiatus: ink dries out - solutions? Is toting ink cartridges from one place to another the best way of ensuring that they don't dry out if not used for several months? Or perhaps a cheap laser printer would be better? (16 messages)


Anyone using Apogee One with WireTap Anywhere? A reader looks for assistance in recording incoming sounds such as Skype calls or streaming music. (4 messages)


Seeking advice on scanner to buy -- Readers share their opinions and experiences with scanners. (7 messages)

 

New for iOS 8: TextExpander 3 with custom keyboard.
Set up short abbreviations which expand to larger bits of text,
such as “Tx” for “TextExpander”. With the new custom keyboard,
you can expand abbreviations in any app, including Safari and
Mail. <http://smle.us/tetouch3-tb>