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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.

 
 

Wrangle Your Fonts with "Take Control of Fonts in Snow Leopard"

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Managing fonts in Mac OS X is all too often like herding cats (all those Fonts folders!), but you can now corral your serif and sans-serif felines with our new "Take Control of Fonts in Snow Leopard." Written by Sharon Zardetto, this 225-page ebook covers not only everything you need to know about fonts in Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard and 10.5 Leopard, but also special font situations in software such as Adobe CS4 and CS5, Microsoft Office 2004 and 2008, iLife, and iWork.

Important topics covered include:

  • Where your fonts reside, in what order they load, and what - if anything - you should do about it

  • The ins and outs of different font installation methods

  • Using Font Book to manage, validate, and organize fonts

  • Making the most of character-rich Unicode fonts

  • Using Apple's Character Palette/Viewer and Keyboard Viewer to insert and explore special characters

  • The quirks of fonts from Microsoft Office 2004 and 2008, and which ones you should keep around

  • Organizing fonts from Adobe CS2, CS3, CS4, and CS5 so they are available where you need them

The ebook costs $15 and includes a coupon worth 20 percent off on any purchase from Ergonis Software, makers of the font utility PopChar X and other software.


 

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