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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.

 
 

Terry Morse Software Sponsoring TidBITS

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Terry Morse Software Sponsoring TidBITS -- We're pleased to welcome our newest sponsor, a small company that's in essence coming back to TidBITS. Terry Morse of Terry Morse Software used to be the president of Salient Software - makers of DiskDoubler, AutoDoubler, and CopyDoubler - and Salient Software was one of our first sponsors years ago. Salient merged with Fifth Generation Systems, which was in turn purchased by Symantec. Symantec eventually retired Salient's utilities, and we didn't hear from Terry for a while. Then, out of the blue, he popped up with a new company and a new product, the classically named Myrmidon (either a follower of Achilles in the Trojan War or one who executes commands without question).

Myrmidon remains unique in its capability to create accurate Web pages from any Mac file, simply by "printing" to a Web page. It's a welcome solution to the problem of needing to put information from various Mac applications on the Web. Also interesting are tricks such as creating a Web page by printing a report from a database - it's ideal for a one-time usage. Most people won't use Myrmidon for all their Web pages; it's best likened to an odd-looking wrench that can save you hours of frustration fixing the sink (plumbing and HTML are similar in that respect for me). We're happy to see small companies like Terry Morse Software producing useful utilities that help set the Mac apart. [ACE]

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