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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.

 
 

Drive 2.4 Details

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Rapport / Drive 2.4
Kennect Technology
120A Albright Way
Los Gatos, CA 95030
800/552-1232
408/370-2866
KENNECT on America Online

Rating:

9 Penguins out of a possible 10

Summary: -- The combination of Rapport and the Drive 2.4 provides read/write compatibility with most 3.5" disk formats as well as several special formats, such as 2.4 MB Mac HFS disks. Kennect's implementation is clean and unobtrusive and the combination worked flawlessly for me. As an extra bonus, the Drive 2.4 is bundled with FastBack II from Fifth Generation Systems.

User Evaluation: (on a scale of 0 to 10)

Number of responses: 1
Ease of installation: 8
Ease of learning: 8
Ease of use: 9
Power & usefulness: 8
Documentation: 8
Technical support: 8
Overall evaluation: 9

Price and Availability: -- Both Rapport and the Drive 2.4 are widely available from dealers and mail order firms. Rapport has a list price of $295 and a MacConnection price of $195, while the Drive 2.4 lists for $495 and is discounted to $325 (we quote the MacConnection price in recognition of the company's industry-leading efforts to use ecologically-conscious packaging and its overall excellent service).

Reviewer:

Adam C. Engst, TidBITS Editor

 

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