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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.

 
 

Third Party and Vendor Directories

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Third Party and Vendor Directories -- Apple Developer Services recently released the Third Party Products Web Database, a series of Web pages that contain short descriptions of products, along with live links and/or email addresses for vendors. The listing can be viewed either by category or alphabetically, and though it isn't yet comprehensive, it seems off to a good start. Of course, the ultimate vendor listing has been and remains at Elliotte Harold's Well-Connected Mac, which now lists over 1,300 Mac-related vendors. [GD]

 

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