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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.

 
 

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New TidBITS Sponsor: Cyberian Outpost -- We're pleased to welcome our latest sponsor, Cyberian Outpost. Founded by Darryl Peck, whose Mac credentials include being president of the New York Macintosh Users Group and founder of Mac developer Inline Design, Cyberian Outpost was an early Internet software and hardware retailer and one of the few that existed solely online. We've worked with Cyberian in the past to provide deals for readers on some of the items we review in TidBITS, and Cyberian has become the place we turn first when we look for a piece of software. For more information about Cyberian, check out the two-part interview we conducted with Darryl Peck in April of 1996. And of course, take a look at their sponsorship text each week for deals on Macintosh products. [ACE]

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