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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.

 
 

Double-sided Printing

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Double-sided Printing -- Several people wrote to warn against printing on the back of already-printed sheets of paper, as recommended in TidBITS #175. Joe Gurman relayed information from a repair person who claimed that some high-speed printers (the one in question was an older Ricoh engine used in the Talaris 1590 printstation) were more likely to jam when using reused paper because of changes in the paper when it was exposed to the high heat in the laser engine the first time through.

Another reader claimed that some laser printers contaminate the paper with small quantities of fuser oil, and reusing printed paper can cause this contaminant to migrate to places it doesn't belong, such as the rollers that grab the paper. If anyone knows for sure about this issue (in other words, if you're a printer repair person or printer engineer, not just relaying a possible computer legend) please let us know and we'll try to settle this issue once and for all. In the meantime, if you wish to play it safe, check with your printer manufacturer.

 

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