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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.

 
 

FaceTime 1.0

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Apple’s FaceTime beta is dead. Long live FaceTime 1.0! Apple’s video chat software for communicating between Macs and video-capable iOS devices has hit version 1.0 and entered the Mac App Store. FaceTime for Mac now supports HD video calls. Supported Intel-based Macs can receive HD video from HD-sending devices, and the newest MacBook Pros can send HD video from their new FaceTime cameras. Also new is the much-appreciated capability to edit and add FaceTime contacts without needing to launch Address Book. FaceTime is available for free with the new MacBook Pros, but costs everyone else 99¢. ($0.99 new, 16.8 MB)

 

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Comments about FaceTime 1.0
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Greg C  2011-03-01 02:42
Not wanted if not free.
Glenn Fleishman  2011-03-01 03:51
Really? A buck deters you? A new feature in your operating system that wasn't promised and which allows you to do more than you can today?

A buck?

What if I gave you 99¢?
Dave Howell  2011-03-01 08:35
I ain't want nothin' if it ain't free. You kidding me? Shoot. I dine and dash, steal little kids' ice cream, pirate warez with the l33tz, whatever it takes.

I'm with Greg C... Cheap Bastards Unite!

Oh but I do like to buy dollar apps and then leave one star reviews because they're not free. Just to make a point. Or something.
I was dissuaded by the buck, sort of.

I downloaded and set up the beta, but never used it or found it very interesting. Nobody I'm interested in calling, really, who has compatible gear.

So for free I might download the 1.0 release to check it out and have it around in case something changes, but I can't see the point in spending the buck with no expectation I'll use the software.

Now, when someone buys my family a round of new iPhones all bets are off and it may be a dollar well spent. (We do all have iChat AV on our Macs, but never use that either. Or Skype for that matter. We're just boring.)
Glenn Fleishman  2011-03-01 19:19
It'll certainly be free in Lion!

I rarely use FaceTime or Skype video or what have you, but I really appreciate it when I have it.
I'll be sure to add you to my FaceTime contact list when we get that round of new iPhones! ;o)