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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.


iTunes 11.1.4

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Apple has released iTunes 11.1.4 with a bit of a mystery. The release notes claim that this update adds the capability to view your Wish List while viewing your iTunes library. Previously, your Wish List was available only when viewing the iTunes Store, by clicking the My Wish List link on the main screen of the store. Although Apple didn’t call this out, iTunes now features a three-lined “hamburger” button at the top right corner below the search bar, and clicking it displays your Wish List. You’ll also find a list of songs that have been played through iTunes Radio here, as well as a history of recently accessed previews. Other changes include improved support for Arabic and Hebrew localizations and the usual unspecified stability improvements. iTunes 11.1.4 is available as a direct download from Apple’s iTunes Web page or via Software Update. (Free, 222 MB)


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