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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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We're all back from Macworld San Francisco, where we had a good time despite gusty wind and rain and a somewhat ho-hum show. Our personal high points came when playing country mice riding up the multiple floors of semi-circular escalators at the Nordstrom store on Market Street and riding up the 32-floor-high external glass elevators at the Westin St. Francis hotel. Close behind was the night when Tonya didn't want a serious sit down dinner, but "just a hamburger or something." We ended up at a diner called The Original Perfect Hamburger, appropriately enough, but behind that oh-so-American moniker hid the fact that the Oriental proprietors also served Chinese food. This made for some fun combinations, such as my meal of eggrolls and onion rings. On the Sunday after Macworld, I gave a keynote to a wonderful group the MacSciTech conference, and then we found time for a cable car ride, with the trip back made more exciting walking the last nine blocks due to a pair of cable cars put out of commission. [ACE]

 

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