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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.

 
 

Skype 6.0.60.2946

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Skype has updated its Skype for Mac desktop client to version 6.0.60.2946, which now gives you the option to sign into Skype using either a Microsoft or a Facebook account without having to first set up a new Skype account. The new release also provides instant messaging capabilities to your contacts stored in Microsoft’s Windows Live Messenger, Hotmail, and Outlook.com services. The Mac client also adds support for open chats in multiple windows and for Retina displays. (Free, 34.5 MB, release notes)

 

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And the best Skype version for Mac is still the version 2.8...
Flash Sheridan  2012-10-29 12:25
Is there anything in this version that users of 2.8 are missing?
Glenn Fleishman  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2012-10-29 12:34
Despite having updated to 5.x and now 6.x, I can safely say that there's nothing that they have that's better than 2.8. Skype has gradually improved the user interface in 5.x/6.x so it's not as horrible as the first 5.0 releases. But there's a fundamental design philosophy that is broken and awful compared to the approach of 2.8. That said, more and more people are using newer versions, and there are some things that require 5.x/6.x among multiple people.

You can rename Skype 2.8 to "Skype 2.8" and install Skype 6, and then launch 2.8 most of the time, only launching 6 if you have a specific interoperability requirements.
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2012-10-29 12:37
Every now and then we see something that doesn't work when people use different versions, so that's the only reason to get the newest.

As much as I think the newer versions are still pretty mediocre, I don't want to pretend that Skype 2.8 was a particularly good interface. It was just less bad, and it's clear that Skype won't be going back, regardless.
Nigel Smith  2012-10-30 00:40
It would appear that it has now become mandatory to download the latest version of Skype. After starting Skype a dialogue box appears with one choice to download. This also happens on PPC and then the download cannot be run because it is incompatible.
Not for Snow Leopard. Apparently.