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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.

 
 

1Password 3.2.1

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Agile Web Solutions has released a maintenance and compatibility update to the popular password management utility 1Password. Version 3.2.1 adds support for the just-released Safari 5, changes default search settings to always search all items, and improves the process by which Web site icons and page previews are downloaded. Also, several minor issues have been addressed including a problem with the Login password generator, sluggish keyboard scrolling through Login lists, and a bug related to date selection. Full release notes are available on the Agile Web Solutions Web site. ($39.95 new, free update, 15.1 MB)

 

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