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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.

 
 

Wall Street Journal Examines Apple’s Retail Operations

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The Wall Street Journal has published a detailed look inside Apple’s retail store operation, giving us a glimpse at a workforce that is well-trained and tightly controlled. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to work in an Apple store, or just how Apple hit on its wildly successful approach after years of languishing in computer superstores, click through from the Google search results (the only way in for those who don’t subscribe to the Wall Street Journal).Generic Globefollow link

 

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Neil Woodward Retired Librarian  2011-06-16 10:42
Get a library card! If you sign up for free at your local public library, chances are very good that you will be able to access the contents of the WSJ for free, online, with no hassle. I just now logged on to my library account and read the full text of this article. BTW, a citation in TidBits would have helped, so here it is:
Secrets From Apple's Genius Bar: Full Loyalty, No Negativity
Yukari Iwatani Kane; Sherr, Ian. Wall Street Journal (Online) [New York, N.Y] 15 June 2011
Now, get that card and have at it!
Glenn Fleishman  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2011-06-16 11:23
Good point. I did this yesterday at the Seattle Public Library, although their links to take one to the WSJ archives are outdated, and I spent five minutes figuring out where to select WSJ articles!
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2011-06-16 11:56
A wonderful idea, but not something I can point tens of thousands of people around the world to. It's a bit annoying that the WSJ won't let others link into the full text of their articles, but does let Google do it; hence the Google link.
Neil Woodward Retired Librarian  2011-06-16 12:59
Hi, Adam- I did click through the Google links, several times, only to get a message returned that states that the page "has been removed". That was why I wrote about the alternate library access. Thanks.
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2011-06-16 13:19
That's odd - when I clicked "Follow Link" above, it gives me a Google results page, and when I click the first result on that page (which obviously goes to wsj.com), I get the full article. What might you be doing differently?
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2011-06-16 13:23
OK, I've changed the link from a Google search link to a bit.ly shortened link, which might help the encoding problem in RSS and other places.