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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.

 
 

Microsoft Office 2011 14.3.9

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Microsoft has updated Office 2011 to version 14.3.9 with several improvements to Outlook. The release now defaults newly configured Yahoo Mail and Outlook.com accounts to IMAP rather than to POP, adds an option for you to decide whether to send a read receipt after it has been requested, improves conversation threading, and fixes a bug that prevented Outlook from connecting to Exchange when certain proxy servers were used. Additionally, the update fixes a crash when opening the Polish localization of Word 2011 on OS X 10.9 Mavericks. (Free update via the Office for Mac Web site or through Microsoft AutoUpdate, 113 MB, release notes)

 

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Comments about Microsoft Office 2011 14.3.9
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Mike Savory  2013-12-10 19:21
Since applying this update, I seem to have lost the option to not convert quotes to smart quotes. How can I get that back?
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2013-12-11 06:56
I think the best approach would be to contact Microsoft support - this doesn't sound like a simple configuration issue.
Mike Savory  2013-12-11 12:29
This turned out to be a Mavericks upgrade issue, not just Outlook. The solution is to right click in a text input area and in the menu select substitutions and un-tick Smart Quotes. Or in the System Preferences, Select the Keyboard section and under the Text tab un-tick use smart quotes and dashes.

Sorry for the confusion.