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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.

 
 

PowerBook Modem Fix?

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PowerBook Modem Fix? -- Jonathan Feinstein of Shrink2Fit Software passes along a useful hint for people having problems connecting to remote modems from their PowerBook's internal Apple modem. Apparently, these difficulties come from some non-standard aspects of Apple's error correction firmware routines, which Apple wrote that way to avoid infringing on Hayes's modem patents. This is not related to the problem we reported on earlier with the PowerBooks losing input data at high speeds.

Jonathan says that Apple tech support suggested that he replace the standard "ATDT" dialing command with "AT&Q0DT" (that's a zero, not a capital letter O, after the Q). In other words, the command to dial Memory Alpha BBS would be "AT&Q0DT 1-607/257-5822" instead of "ATDT 1-607/257-5822". Note that many programs dial automatically, so you may need to reconfigure your program's default dialing command.

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