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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.

 
 

ExtraBITS for 8 November 2010

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Three additional bits for you this week: a warning of a daylight saving time bug in iOS 4.1, news of the Hulu Plus service becoming available without an invitation, and a MacVoices podcast in which Jeff Carlson talks about iMovie ’11.

Reset iOS Clock App Alarms after Daylight Saving Time Change -- There’s a bug in iOS 4.1 that causes repeating alarms in the Clock app to trigger an hour later than they should shortly before and after the daylight saving time change. Apple says the bug is fixed in the forthcoming iOS 4.2, but in the meantime, you can fix your alarms by deselecting all days in the repeat interval, saving, and then resetting the alarms for the days you need them.

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Hulu Plus Opens Up -- The $9.99-per-month subscription version of Hulu is now open as a preview without a previously required invitation. The Hulu Plus service features full seasons of current and past major NBC, Fox, and ABC shows that stream to an iOS device using a free app, and in HD to a computer’s browser.

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Jeff Carlson Talks iMovie ’11 on MacVoices -- Last week Jeff Carlson chatted with Chuck Joiner about what’s new in iMovie ’11 and his TidBITS article, “15 Secrets of iMovie ’11” for the MacVoices podcast. Chuck is always great to talk to, and indulged Jeff when he found himself having to back up and explain things like rolling shutter, CMOS camera sensors, and interlaced video footage.

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