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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.

 

 

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Strong Demand Causes iPad Shortages, Delays International Release

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Apple has released a statement saying that the unexpectedly strong demand for the iPad in the United States (over 500,000 units sold in the first week) and the large number of preorders for the iPad 3G will result in product shortages for a few more weeks. In addition, Apple is delaying the international launch of the iPad one month, to late May; pre-orders will be accepted starting 10 May 2010. It's a good news/bad news situation: the iPad is wildly popular, but so much so that it will be hard to get in the near term.favicon follow link

 

Comments about Strong Demand Causes iPad Shortages, Delays International Release
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Rob Russell  2010-04-16 15:57
I'm disappointed about this, but not as much as my wife (the UNgeek).

I'm curious to know from your web stats, how many iPad connections are being made from outside of the US. There are plenty of people this way flying to the US and buying handfuls of iPads and flogging them off locally.
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2010-04-16 16:01
I can't seem to make Google Analytics show me the iPad browser stats by country, but I suspect the raw numbers are still pretty low. :-)
Glenn Fleishman  2010-04-16 16:11
A UK colleague noted that without a U.S. bank account, none of his associates would import iPads before release because they cannot use the iTunes Store!