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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 Editors on Video from Macworld | iWorld

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The TidBITS staff had a busy time at Macworld | iWorld meeting, greeting, and eating. We also spent a fair amount of time on the Macworld Live Stage on the show floor. If you missed our appearances, or weren’t able to make it to San Francisco at all, you can now watch us online in various appearances:

  • A large percentage of the TidBITS and Take Control staff and authors appeared to talk about ebook publishing and the future of print with Macworld’s Chris Breen moderating. Be sure to check out Adam’s Vibram Five Fingers, which continue to attract attention every year and which he maintains are the most comfortable shoes he has ever worn for the notoriously foot-destroying trade show. Oh, and don’t miss the decades of valuable experience shared by these long-time publishing industry experts!

  • Jeff Carlson made his first appearance in the Macworld Pundit Showdown, which pits four contestants against the wit and guile of Philip Michaels scoring for arbitrary points. Watch for the surprise ending!

  • Macworld’s Lex Friedman asked a panel of software developers and writers, including Glenn Fleishman, about the software programs they love and the flaws in them that should be fixed.

  • Glenn also appeared in a live version of The Incomparable, a geeky podcast (videotaped for the first time) about books, comics, TV, and more. The panel looked at depictions of tech in geeky fiction, mostly movies, both accurate and, shall we say, highly flawed.

  • Tonya Engst discusses raising children in the age of screentime as part of the “Parenting in the Mobile Internet Age” panel discussion from Macworld | iWorld 2012, moderated by Chuck Joiner of MacVoicesTV.

 

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