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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.

 
 

Old Monitor Makes Way

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Director of Technical Services, Baka Industries Inc.

Apple recently introduced its new Multiple Scan 17 Display, a 17" color Trinitron monitor expected to be available worldwide this month. The monitor offers numerous features and replaces the Macintosh 16" Color Display in Apple's product family. The monitor's price checks in at $1,069, and its item number is M2611LL/A.

Sporting a current-generation Sony Trinitron picture tube, the Multiple Scan 17 Display can be adjusted using digital controls, and supports three different color temperatures (5000, 6500, and 9300 degrees Kelvin) to provide accurate color display for a variety of needs. The unit supports 640 x 480, 832 x 624, and 1024 x 768 resolutions using the built-in video feature on current Macintosh and Power Macintosh models, and resolutions from 640 x 480 up to 1280 x 1024 on PC systems with appropriate circuitry or video cards.

Apple's new Display Manager software allows on-the-fly resolution switching, so users needn't shut down their computers to change display size. The 640 x 480 resolution should come in handy for desktop presentations, and will also be suitable for Macintosh users whose vision won't let them see tiny dots clearly.

The monitor is Energy Star compliant, taking advantage of recent Macs' ability to reduce electrical consumption when the computer is inactive and the monitor can be blanked or dimmed. (Many older Macs can take advantage of Apple's Energy Saver software to do this as well.) It's also compliant with Sweden's strict MPRII guidelines for low electrical and magnetic emissions, and, for good measure, supports Apple's ColorSync color matching technology. To help eliminate snarls of cables, the display has sound in/out ports and ADB Apple Desktop Bus (ADB) ports for keyboards and mice.

The Multiple Scan 17 Display works right out of the box with the Power Macintosh series, all Quadras and Centrises, the Macintosh Display Card 24AC, and IBM-PC compatible computers. Apple says it can be used with other Macintosh computers (including various Mac II models, PowerBooks, and Duo docks) and video cards (such as Apple's 8*24 card) using an $8.95 cable adapter from Enhance Technology. This adapter, or others like it, should also be available from many dealers.

Some Apple dealers may discount remaining 16" displays (item number M1044Z/A), so if you're happy with a single 832 x 624 resolution, take a look.

Enhance Technology -- 800/343-2425 -- 408/293-2425
408/293-2468 (fax)
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