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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.

 
 

Alfred 1.3

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Running with Crayons has released Alfred 1.3 with a number of improvements to the free keyboard-driven launcher. The update adds the capability to open a Quick Look window for a selected result, a command to quit all running applications, and support for transient data in Clipboard History for improved coexistence with TextExpander. It also improves subtext rendering and enables you to reduce Alfred’s text size to make the app feel more compact. For those who have purchased the feature-enhanced Alfred Powerpack, the update now enables you to pick multiple files directly from Finder and add them to the File Buffer. Additionally, it improves integration with 1Password by adding an option to show bookmarks in default results without the “1p” keyword, plus the capability to copy a 1Click URL using Command-C. Note that the Mac App Store version has yet to be updated from version 1.2 as of this writing. (Free, £15 for Powerpack, 2.6 MB, release notes)

 

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