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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 6 of “Take Control of Apple TV” Available

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The raison d’être of the Apple TV is to play movies and TV shows, and that’s where Josh Centers now turns his attention in our streamed ebook “Take Control of Apple TV.” Chapter 6, “Apple TV at the Movies,” looks at controlling video playback (I’m a little embarrassed at how much I learned from this section), buying and watching videos from the iTunes Store, and playing video stored in iTunes on your Mac. But where the chapter really makes its bones is in its step-by-step instructions for ripping your DVDs via HandBrake, adding metadata to the resulting files with iFlicks, and importing them into iTunes. Josh even covers merging multi-disc movies and ripping Blu-ray discs, but beware that Blu-ray movies take a long time to rip and chew through hard drive space. Finally, he looks at two ways of storing all these massive files on an external disk, which is likely necessary for anyone with a small SSD.

As with Chapter 5, “Master AirPlay,” Chapter 4, “Discover What’s on Offer,” Chapter 3, “Control Your Apple TV” and Chapter 2, “Set Up Your Apple TV,” this chapter is available for free, but only to TidBITS members; everyone is welcome to read Chapter 1, “Introducing Apple TV,” to see what’s still coming. 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.

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Lawrence J. Collen  An apple icon for a TidBITS Benefactor 2014-01-01 14:39
I've a number of movies I ripped long ago that I would like to have available to me in iTunes and then also be able to view them on AppleTv. How do i do that?
Josh Centers  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2014-01-02 09:25
Your best bet would be to run them through iFlicks, which will perform any necessary conversions and add them to iTunes.
Lawrence J. Collen  An apple icon for a TidBITS Benefactor 2014-01-02 10:07
Thanks-I'll give it a try
Lawrence J. Collen  An apple icon for a TidBITS Benefactor 2014-01-02 10:35
I did download iFlicks as you suggested and even with Perian installed it still will not transfer my movie files, which are in the Video_TS format, to iTunes.
iFlicks appears to be simple enough, but I must not be doing something. Is there something else I need to do?
Josh Centers  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2014-01-02 11:01
Oooh, OK, so you're working with direct DVD rips. First, you'll need to process those Video_TS folders with Handbrake, then run them through iFlicks.
Lawrence J. Collen  An apple icon for a TidBITS Benefactor 2014-01-02 11:27
If you say so-they were, for the most part, ripped years ago using the program (I think it was called) iRipper
so I'll do it again, as you suggest.
Thanks for the help (and if it, indeed, works you'll have more thanks to deal with! l,l,l)
Lawrence J. Collen  An apple icon for a TidBITS Benefactor 2014-01-02 13:57
Thanks. After some fumbling around I did make it work. (It wasn't quite obvious to me that I had to undo my Gatekeeper setup to allow it to download the program.) So tomorrow after/during the, supposed, heavy snowfall on the North East coast I'll have my work cut out for me.