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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.

 
 

Don't Use Speed Disk 3.0

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Director of Technical Services, Baka Industries Inc.

Symantec announced last week that it has discovered a problem with the Speed Disk module of its recent Norton Utilities 3.0 release for Macintosh, and said that customers should not use that version of Speed Disk. The company says that this problem, which has been reported in less than a fraction of a percent of all units shipped, can cause data loss.

Symantec, which acquired Norton Utilities when it purchased the Peter Norton Computing company a few years ago, introduced Norton Utilities for Macintosh 3.0 in August. The company temporarily suspended shipments of version 3.0 and plans to replace all copies already in stores with version 3.1, which is shipping now. Symantec will automatically ship updates to registered users and upgrade subscribers within the next three weeks, and will post updates on various online services.

The problem with Speed Disk does not affect users of Norton Utilities for DOS computers, earlier versions of Norton Utilities for Macintosh, or any other Norton product.

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Symantec Corporation

 

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