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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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MacTech Conference 2012 Adds Hollywood Flair

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When I first wrote about the upcoming MacTech Conference 2012 in Los Angeles (see “MacTech Conference 2012 Slated for October 17–19,” 27 August 2012), I hinted there would be some special events that weren’t yet public. They are now. First, conference attendees will be treated to a behind-the-scenes evening at Walt Disney Animation Studios, with a focus on the advanced technology that Disney uses to create their animated films. Then there’s the conference party the second evening, which will take place at Jillian’s, where bowling, air hockey, video games, and Guitar Hero will compete with karaoke for entertainment — personally, I’m staying as far away from the karaoke as possible. Plus, during the first day of the show, a company called Profiles in History will be displaying a variety of Hollywood memorabilia.

Along with the top-notch speakers lined up to talk, the keynote for this year’s MacTech Conference will be on “Tech’s Role in Shaping the Future,” and will be given by Matt Drance, a former Apple evangelist and the guy behind the Apple Outsider site. Also of particular interest is a special session by NASA Jet Propulsion Labs on “Interplanetary Networking, Curiosity Style” — just imagine the latency when pinging Mars!

I’ll be at MacTech Conference the entire time, and Michael Cohen will be joining me for some of the first day. Hope to see you there, and I’ll be organizing at least one run for anyone who wants to venture out for a few miles with me during the conference.

The three-day MacTech Conference kicks off with a keynote at 10 AM on Wednesday, 17 October 2012, and continues through the afternoon of Friday, 19 October 2012. All breakfasts, lunches, and dinners are provided, as well as evening entertainment on both nights, plus snack-filled breaks for networking time.

Hotel rooms sold out once, but MacTech managed to get another block released. For a limited time, a discounted conference registration costs only $899 for TidBITS readers and includes food, a six-month MacTech subscription, and all the sessions and activities. A small number of partial and full student scholarships are also available. Travel and hotel rooms cost extra, of course, but it’s easy to fly to LAX, and rooms at the Sheraton Universal (where the conference will be held) are available to attendees at the conference price of $184 per night, plus taxes.

 

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