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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.

 
 

Mechanical Keyboards Explained

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For many writers and gamers, nothing beats an old-fashioned “clicky” keyboard. But the keyboard’s feel depends on what sort of mechanical switches are used in the keys, and there are a number of different types. Even the vaunted Cherry MX switches come in several different color-coded varieties. Alex Cocilova, writing for PCWorld, explains the differences in available switches — including required actuation force, noise, and multitasking performance. If you’ve been considering a mechanical keyboard, be sure to read this first.favicon follow link

 

Comments about Mechanical Keyboards Explained

Eolake Stobblehouse   An apple icon for a TidBITS Supporter 2014-01-22 10:03

Thanks!

I love those keyboards (I have around 4-5 of the clicky kind alone), so all information is interesting.

By the way, I *finally* found a portable keyboard for my iPad which is somewhat Clicky. I wrote this:

http://ereaderjoy.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/logitech-wired-keyboard-with-lightning.html
JohnB (SciFiOne)   2014-01-28 10:36
It's funny. I could never type very well until I got a Powerbook with it's silent short throw keys. It finally stopped me from trying to type like I was on an old unpowered manual typewriter. Needless to say I never went back!