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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.

 
 

Default Folder X 4.3.7

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St. Clair Software has released a maintenance and stability update to the Open/Save dialog enhancement utility Default Folder X. Version 4.3.7 brings drag-and-drop capabilities to the Default Folders list in System Preferences, enabling users to add folders and applications more easily. Also, several shortcuts for working with preferences have been added, and support now exists for the AppleScript commands GetCurrentFolder and GetCurrentSelection, which return the current folder or selection when the file dialog is open. Finally, the update resolves several compatibility issues with FileMaker 11, Word 2008, MacPyMOL, and Apimac's Compress Files. A full list of changes is available on St. Clair Software's Web site. ($34.95 new, free update, 9.9 MB)

 

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