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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 Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 20 August 2012

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OmniFocus 1.10.3 -- Focusing on resolving some compatibility issues with OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, The Omni Group has released version 1.10.3 of its OmniFocus task management app. The maintenance update fixes some integration issues with Apple Mail on Mountain Lion, ensures that OmniFocus works correctly with MailTags 3.1 and later, squashes a bug with the “allowed mail senders” scripting property, and fixes a regression with the Japanese localization that made the Help menu item non-functional. While iCal Sync isn’t available when running on Mountain Lion, Calendar export in the Sync preferences will still work. ($79.99 new, free update, 22.4 MB, release notes)

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ClamXav 2.3.2 -- Mark Allan has released ClamXav 2.3.2, which fixes an issue that prevented ClamXav Sentry from launching at login when running OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. The update also fixes an issue where ClamXav Sentry wasn’t able to communicate with the clamd background scanning daemon, plus Engine Uninstaller issues with Gatekeeper. The release’s one addition enables you to open the Sentry log from within ClamXav (and vice versa) by holding down the Option key. (Free, 16.9 MB, release notes)

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DEVONagent Lite, Express, and Pro 3.3 -- DEVONtechnologies has updated its three editions of DEVONagent (Lite, Express, and Pro), adding compatibility with OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion to the trio of research assistant apps. In particular, DEVONagent Pro now supports Notification Center (which can inform you when a lengthy search is completed) and Sharing services. Aside from Mountain Lion compatibility, version 3.3 of DEVONagent Pro and Express add 64-bit support (for result set sizes bound only by the amount of available RAM and performance of your Mac) and improve the Tube scanner with an updated pre-made Marketing search set to help you build your own search sets. All three titles offer an improved Google Scholar plug-in for searching legal opinions and journals, plus add a French localization and compatibility with TextExpander. Finally, all three editions now require Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later.

The Mac App Store variants of DEVONagent Lite, Express, and Pro are now sandboxed. For DEVONagent Pro, that means the app no longer sets Spotlight comments for downloaded files or includes the “Convert Results to RSS Feed” action script. As usual, none of the Mac App Store versions of DEVONagent were updated to version 3.3 as of this writing. (All updates are free. DEVONagent Lite, free, 3.3 MB, release notes; DEVONagent Express, $4.95 new, 7.0 MB, release notes; DEVONagent Pro, $49.95 new, 19.6 MB, release notes)

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