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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.

 
 

Apple Cuts Prices on Consumer Macs

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Apple Cuts Prices on Consumer Macs -- Apple announced Friday it was cutting prices on a series of Performa and Power Macintosh models (including two DOS Compatible models) in an effort to target holiday shoppers and year-end purchasers. Though final prices are set by dealers, these are Apple's new estimated street prices with the percent change: [GD]

 Machine                    Configuration   Old Price   New Price   Change
 -------                    -------------   ---------   ---------   ------
 Macintosh Performa 640CD   12/500/DOS/15"    $1,999      $1,499     25.0%
    DOS Compatible
 Macintosh Performa 5215     8/1G/4xCD/15"    $2,199      $1,999      9.1%
 Power Macintosh 6100/66    16/500/2xCD/DOS   $2,299      $1,999     13.0%
    DOS Compatible
 Power Macintosh 7100/80     8/700/2xCD       $1,799      $1,499     16.7%
 Power Macintosh 7200/75     8/500/4xCD       $1,699      $1,549      8.8%
 Power Macintosh 7200/90     8/500/4xCD       $1,899      $1,699     10.5%

 

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