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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.

 

 

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Doxie Sponsoring TidBITS

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We’re pleased to welcome as our latest TidBITS sponsor Apparent Corporation, makers of the USB-powered Doxie mobile scanner that debuted at Macworld Expo in 2010 and has now been joined by the battery-powered Doxie Go, which can store hundreds of scans either in internal memory or to a USB flash drive or SD card — no need to connect to a computer. What set the original Doxie apart was its capability to upload scans directly to cloud-based storage services like Google Docs, Dropbox, Evernote, Flickr, and more. Doxie Go extends that with a Wi-Fi option that can send scans to your computer, to a supported cloud service, or even to an iPad or iPhone.

Apparent isn’t new to the Mac world, and we’ve written in the past about their IntelliScanner Wine Collector, which couples a mini portable barcode reader and wine database software for tracking not just all those dusty bottles in your wine cellar but also what you actually drink (see “Macworld Expo San Francisco 2005 Superlatives,” 17 January 2005).

But it’s clear that Doxie is their focus now, and they’re putting attention into both Doxie’s hardware and software. Doxie’s elegant, modern software automatically receives scans from Doxie Go when you plug it in, just like a digital camera, and it performs automatic cropping, rotation, and contrast boosting to improve scan quality. The included ABBYY OCR technology recognizes the text in scanned documents, creating searchable PDFs. The smart stapler tool lets you combine multiple scans into a single multi-page PDF document, and you can send scans to any app on your computer or upload to a cloud service.

Thanks to Apparent for their support of TidBITS and the Apple community!

 

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