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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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Knoware, a Macintosh Internet provider in the Netherlands, has created a prototype of a simple POP (Post Office Protocol) client for the Newton, according to Merik Voswinkel of Knoware. Although Apple's NewtonMail has access to the Internet, many Newton users want direct access to their Internet email, which is often accessible via a POP server running on a Unix host. Although Knoware isn't yet sure if they will complete their Newton POP client, they stated that if not, they would release it to the net for someone else to finish. Steve Dorner has said that he isn't working on a Newton version of the popular Eudora, a POP and SMTP (Simple Mail Transport Protocol - for sending email) client for the Mac.

Knoware -- knoware@indy.knoware.nl

 

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