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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.

 
 

Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 12

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Apple has released Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 12 for Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, which updates Java SE 6 to version 1.6.0_39 in order to secure systems from vulnerabilities reported in Java 1.6.0_37. If you haven’t installed the Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 9 or any of the subsequent releases, the update configures Web browsers to not automatically run Java and deactivates it after no app activity for an extended time. This update requires Snow Leopard 10.6.8 or Snow Leopard Server 10.6.8. It’s available via Software Update and direct download, and Apple reminds you to quit any Web browsers and Java applications before installing either one. (Free, 72.7 MB)

 

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Comments about Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 12
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Sara French  2013-02-04 15:31
I disabled Java in all of my browsers a couple of weeks ago. Am I better off sticking with that arrangement? Or should I go ahead and download this update? Thanks for your help.
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2013-02-04 15:51
As long as Java is disabled in your browsers, it's probably not super important, though the safest route would be to let Software Update in Snow Leopard install the update if it wants to, and then make sure Java is disabled again.
Sara French  2013-02-04 19:41
Thanks very much, Adam.
DJ Parent  2013-02-05 17:58
My Calendar Events all disappeared after I installed update 12.