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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 Presents “Upgrading to and Using Mountain Lion”

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We’re planning our next big TidBITS Presents event, but this one is going to be a bit different from the previous one (see “Watch Joe Kissell and Adam Engst in TidBITS Presents: Adieu MobileMe,” 16 June 2012). Most notably, it won’t be about MobileMe’s final days, but about the hottest thing slated to come from Apple this month: OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion! And while Joe Kissell will once again be presenting, he’ll be joined by Matt Neuburg. Joe will talk about issues related to upgrading to Mountain Lion, based on his “Take Control of Upgrading to Mountain Lion,” and Matt will demonstrate some of Mountain Lion’s new features that he’s been writing about in “Take Control of Using Mountain Lion.”

Everyone will be able to watch this TidBITS Presents after the fact, but to thank them for their financial support, we’re restricting participation in the live event to TidBITS members and to those who have purchased either of our Mountain Lion ebooks. For people who fall into one of those categories, we’ll be in touch via email when we have final details, such as the date and time of the event.

In the meantime, though, we’d appreciate it if you could help us figure out which days are best for you to participate in TidBITS Presents events so we can take that into account when scheduling this and future ones. At the moment, we anticipate that presentations will be 60–90 minutes long at the most, and will typically take place in the middle of the day, Eastern time, to accommodate as many time zones as possible. Please vote on the TidBITS Presents page. Thanks!

Check out the Take Control ebooks that expand on the topic in this article:

Make the move to Mountain Lion with Joe Kissell’s expert advice! Sort out compatibility issues, deal with Apple IDs, make a suitable backup, and pick your upgrade plan — including a clean install. You’ll also learn about key post-upgrade tasks, what to do if something goes terribly wrong, and how to “upgrade” to Mountain Lion while moving from an older Mac or Windows PC.
Join Mac expert Matt Neuburg as you make the most of Mountain Lion's major new features, including Notifications, Documents in the Cloud, and improved Auto Save/Versions. Plus, learn to customize Mountain Lion and get help with finding files, launching apps, managing windows, handling user accounts, and more.


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