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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.

 
 

Cleaning Windows

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Cleaning Windows -- Last issue in NetBITS Updates, we expressed confusion that no one writing about Microsoft's attempts to offer versions of its Windows 95 operating system without Internet Explorer mentioned that the original Windows 95 system was still in use on tens of millions of machines. But Rob Hagopian <hagopiar@vuser.vu.union.edu> pointed out an extremely valid reason why the original release isn't worthwhile:

<http://db.netbits.net/article/04617>

The old version of Windows 95 does not run correctly on machines built with the latest PC chipsets (from Intel, primarily). In addition to the lack of USB (Universal Serial Bus) support in the older versions, some incompatibilities have been noted with the TX chipset and older versions of Windows 95. Just as older system software for the Mac may not run on newer computers, running the previous version of Windows 95 on new machines is not a good thing.
Why Microsoft can't remove Internet Explorer and leave in the 2 DLLs is another issue.

 

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