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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.

 
 

Typinator 5.4

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With the release of Typinator 5.4, Ergonis’s typing expansion utility now enables you to export abbreviation sets using either tab-delimited text format or comma-separated value (CSV) format. The update also improves imports from TextExpander with conversion of date/time calculations, special keys, and input fields. The release also avoids a delay after opening the Typinator window for the first time, fixes an issue with Default Folder X, and provides improved compatibility with Photoshop CS6 droplets. (€24.99 new with a 25-percent discount for TidBITS members, free update, 5.0 MB, release notes)

 

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