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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.

 
 

KeyCue 6.5

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Ergonis has released KeyCue 6.5 with improvements that make looking up keyboard shortcuts quicker. The update uses a new internal drawing order that improves the shortcut tables appearance and a new menu scanning technique to make it easier to scan deeply nested bookmarks in Safari. Other improvements include better compatibility with OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion and FileMaker 12, recognition of the “fn fn” shortcut to start dictation on Mountain Lion, and refined diagnostic messages when applications with incorrect menu structures are detected. KeyCue now also avoids beeping if you dismiss the shortcut table with the Escape key, and you can check for updates from KeyCue’s menu bar icon. Finally, Sibelius users will appreciate a downloadable set of extended shortcut descriptions for the music notation software (available from Ergonis’s download extras Web page), which can be imported into KeyCue to reveal 272 hidden keyboard shortcuts. (€19.99 new with a 25-percent discount for TidBITS members, free update, 2.6 MB, release notes)

 

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