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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.

 
 

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 21 March 2011

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Mac OS X 10.6.7 -- Apple has released Mac OS X 10.6.7 to fix a variety of bugs in Snow Leopard and Snow Leopard Server. Most notably, it’s aimed at improving the reliability of Back to My Mac, resolving problems with transferring files to certain SMB servers, and addressing various minor Mac App Store bugs. If you’ve missed earlier updates to Mac OS X 10.6, they’re included as well, along with Safari 5.0.4 and the latest raw image compatibility updates.

Also included are security fixes for numerous system components, including AirPort, Apache, AppleScript, bzip2, Carbon, ClamAV, font handling, HFS, image handling, Installer, Kerberos, the kernel, Mailman, PHP, Quick Look, QuickTime, Ruby, Samba, Subversion, and Terminal.

Finally, a number of highly specific bugs are also fixed, including a window resizing issue with X-Plane 9 on Macs with ATI graphics, improved brightness on external displays and projectors, problems opening afp:// URLs, and more. See Apple’s release notes for the full list.

As usual, Mac OS X 10.6.7 comes in a variety of forms, including one specific to the recently released MacBook Pro. They include:

It’s probably most important to install this update for the security fixes, unless you’ve been troubled by one of the now-fixed bugs. That said, it may be worth waiting briefly to make sure the update doesn’t cause additional problems.

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Security Update 2011-001 (Leopard) -- Bringing the security content of Mac OS X 10.6.7 to Mac OS X 10.5, Apple has released Security Update 2011-001 for both Leopard and Leopard Server. It addresses fewer items than are in Mac OS X 10.6.7 and focuses largely on open source components of the operating system, including Apache, bzip2, ClamAV, image handling, Kerberos, Libinfo, libxml, Mailman, PHP, Quick Look, Ruby, and X11. (Free, 241.35 MB/473.23 MB)

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Bento 4.0.2 -- FileMaker has upgraded its human-friendly Mac database software Bento. New in version 4 is the capability to print mailing labels, inventory tags, name badges, and other labels from within the software. Other printing options make an appearance, too — you now get finer-grained printing controls, and new printer-friendly themes. Also new is the capability to export templates with data (so that you can share pre-populated databases with others), Location Data support (so that you can note the exact location where data is entered), and easy date searching. Full release notes are available at FileMaker’s Web site, and quick 4.0.1 and 4.0.2 releases squash a few bugs. ($49 new, $29 upgrade)

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DEVONthink and DEVONnote 2.0.9 -- DEVONtechnologies has released another set of minor updates for all editions of its information assistant programs, DEVONthink and DEVONnote. The latest versions of DEVONthink and DEVONnote now offer much improved email archiving and faster downloading of OCR resources. The software also now includes the capability to rename and move databases, even when they’re open. Sorting, classifying, and searching are all improved, too. Also new is an option to install widgets from the Install Add-Ons window. (DEVONthink Pro Office, $149.95 new, free update; DEVONthink Professional, $79.95 new, free update; DEVONthink Personal, $49.95 new, free update; DEVONnote, $24.95 new, free update)

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Yojimbo 3.0.2 -- Bare Bones Software has released a small update to its information organization tool Yojimbo that contains no new features, but does pack in a few fixes. A crash that could occur when retrieving the Sidekick export location preference — even if you didn’t use Sidekick — has been corrected, as have multiple issues with iPad syncing. Note that iPad synchronization now requires version 1.0.3 of Yojimbo for iPad, which is available in the App Store. ($38.99 new, free update for owners of Yojimbo 2.0 and later, 7.2 MB)

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