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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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The Internet Starter Kit for Macintosh

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My book, The Internet Starter Kit for Macintosh, is printed and available for ordering. Bookstores should have it in stock soon. You don't have to go through a bookstore, since Hayden accepts credit card orders via email, phone, and fax. TidBITS readers receive a 20 percent discount by providing the magic code "310D" (The discount works for orders of ten books or fewer). Shipping costs about $3 per book for U.S. mail or $6 for Federal Express - your choice. If you order from overseas, Hayden may mail the book from a distributor in your country, thus reducing the postage fees. If you live in Indiana, Hayden charges sales tax as well.

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The Internet Starter Kit for Macintosh, by Adam C. Engst.
Published by Hayden Books. ISBN 1-56830-064-6.
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