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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.


Evernote 5.0.6

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In the midst of a week with a major data breach, Evernote has released version 5.0.6 of its information management app. The update redesigns its menu bar helper, switching from a simple list of menu items to a new Quick Note entry scheme that enables you to create a note directly from the menu bar. You can activate it by pressing Command-Control-N when in any application (previously, invoking this command opened the Evernote app and then opened a new note window.) In addition to simply typing text, you can drag documents and images into the Quick Note menu bar window and add annotations. And you can still take a screenshot (either full screen or a just a clipping) or add an audio note. Other changes include the added capability to select multiple tags from the sidebar by Command-clicking, improved speed for larger pasting operations, and a new feature for Premium subscribers that promises improved searching through Office documents.


Discovered on 2 March 2013, the data breach exposed some personal information of Evernote’s 50 million users, but the company says there was “no evidence that any payment information” was accessed; nor was “any of the content you store in Evernote was accessed, changed or lost.” For the time being, all passwords are being reset, which means that you’ll be prompted to create a new password the next time you open Evernote (even a version previous to 5.0.6). (The press release gives a couple of tips for creating a new password, but you can go deeper with password security and learn how to manage passwords with Joe Kissell’s new “Take Control of Your Passwords.”) Going forward, Evernote told InformationWeek that it is accelerating plans to implement an optional two-factor authentication process. (Free from Evernote or the Mac App Store, 34.6 MB)

Check out the Take Control ebooks that expand on the topic in this article:

Password overload has driven many of us to take dangerous shortcuts. If you think ZombieCat12 is a secure password, that you can safely reuse a password, or that no one would try to steal your password…think again! Overcome password frustration with expert advice from Joe Kissell, and don't miss our Joe of Tech comic or Joe’s intro video!


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Andreas Frick  2013-03-08 05:05
I'm quite disappointed with evernote's development. In old versions one could create local notebooks and access them without logging in. Although there is an option to stay logged on, I would prefer key chain support, also on the www-site. There are further drawbacks, so that I began searching for alternatives.
Agen Schmitz  2013-03-08 08:42
What alternatives have you been exploring?