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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.

 

 

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Apprentice Phone Update -- Due to recent changes to western Washington's area codes, some readers have been unable to contact Celestin Company, the makers of the Apprentice CD-ROM reviewed in TidBITS-263. If you have trouble, Celestin Company suggests trying to contact them at their old area code: 206/385-3767 and 206/385-3586 (fax). Their email address remains <celestin@olympus.net>. [GD]

 

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