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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.

 
 

Radius System 100 "Debuts"

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Radius System 100 "Debuts" -- Last week, Radius announced limited strategic channel shipments of its System 100, a high-end Macintosh clone intended primarily for media-intensive electronic publishing. Although initial units are built on an 80 MHz PowerPC 601 processor, final units will include a 110 MHz 601, 72 MB of RAM, CD-ROM, a 2 GB hard disk, accelerated 24-bit video out to 1600 x 1200 pixels, four on-board DSPs for Photoshop acceleration and (of course) Photoshop pre-installed. Suggested retail price: $12,495. Hmm... I'll take two. [GD]

 

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