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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.

 
 

Chapter 5 of “Take Control of Apple TV” Available

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AirPlay doesn’t normally get a lot of attention, but it’s a core technology in the Apple ecosystem of devices, providing glue that links together your Mac, iPhone or iPad, and Apple TV. Anything you can view on a Mac or iOS device, you can send via AirPlay to your Apple TV. That might be audio or video from iTunes on your Mac, a video from your iPhone, or even a game that occupies the entire screen of your iPad. Even better, you can use AirPlay to send the audio from your Apple TV to AirPlay-capable speakers — no fancy home theater system necessary!

In Chapter 5, “Master AirPlay,” of “Take Control of Apple TV,” Josh Centers runs through how to use AirPlay from the Mac, from iOS devices, and from the Apple TV itself, along with special instructions on using AirPlay to send HTML5 videos viewed in Safari directly to the Apple TV without having to mirror the entire screen. Josh also explains how to protect your Apple TV from AirPlay jokers, just in case your neighbors might want to prank you with some unseemly video at the wrong moment.

As with Chapter 4, “Discover What’s on Offer,” Chapter 3, “Control Your Apple TV” and Chapter 2, “Set Up Your Apple TV,” this AirPlay chapter is available for free, but only to TidBITS members; everyone is welcome to read Chapter 1, “Introducing Apple TV,” to see what Josh plans to cover. Please leave comments — we’re already planning tweaks based on questions readers have asked! Everyone will be able to buy the full ebook in PDF, EPUB, and Mobipocket (Kindle) formats once it’s complete, and TidBITS members can save 30 percent on this and all other Take Control titles.

Publishing this book in its entirety for TidBITS members as it’s being written is one of the ways we thank TidBITS members for their support. We also hope it encourages those of you who have been reading TidBITS for free for years to help us continue to bring you carefully considered, professionally written and edited articles each week (for more details, see “TidBITS Needs Your Support in 2013: Join Our Membership Program,” 17 December 2012).

 

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