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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.

 
 

Aladdin Deal

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Here's a good deal for those of you who have been waiting for an excuse to pick up StuffIt Deluxe. Aladdin Systems and Raymond Lau have a special Valentine's Day offer only for users of online services, including the Internet. You can get StuffIt Deluxe for half price - $50 - which is even less than mail order firms charge. If you're the t-shirt type, you can get the StuffIt World Tour T-Shirt at the same time for $8. If you already own StuffIt Deluxe or are a registered shareware user, the shirt is $11. For all of these items, Aladdin will pay the shipping charges in the US and charges $5 for Canadians and $15 for those outside the US - certainly better than some companies though not as nice as others. The rest of Aladdin's fine print says that all Aladdin software carries a 30-day money back guarantee (a thoroughly enlightened policy), and residents of California and New York must add sales tax. The deal ends on March 1st, 1992, so if you've been considering StuffIt, move fast.

Aside from all that StuffIt Deluxe can normally do, if you take advantage of Aladdin's offer, you'll get a free upgrade to StuffIt Deluxe 3.0 when that comes out. 3.0 will also include StuffIt SpaceSaver, a transparent compression utility that works much like Salient's AutoDoubler. One main difference is that SpaceSaver can create and extract files from StuffIt archive merely by adding or removing the ".sit" extension from the filename. I haven't used either StuffIt Deluxe or StuffIt SpaceSaver seriously, but from what I saw at Macworld, they are both good programs.

To order, just send Aladdin your name, address, phone number, online address, MasterCard or Visa number and credit card expiration date. You can use email, snail mail, call, or fax your order, but be sure to include the t-shirt size you need (M,L,XL,XXL) if you're ordering one of them.

Aladdin Systems, Inc.
165 Westridge Drive
Watsonville, CA 95076
408/761-6200 voice; 408/761-6206 fax
AppleLink and America Online: ALADDIN
CompuServe: 75300,1666; GEnie: ALADDINSYS
Internet: aladdin@well.sf.ca.us

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