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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.


Serving Up Web Summaries

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Serving Up Web Summaries -- Jason Linhart, who maintains the Macintosh version of the freeware Web log analysis program Analog, has released Summary 1.0, a fascinating take on Web log analysis. Rather than generating a single Web page containing multiple reports, Summary acts as a special purpose Web server, serving up any one of its more than 60 reports on the fly to anyone with a Web browser. Luckily, password protection is available, and an option enables you to quit Summary and restart it without re-indexing log files, making it possible to run Summary only at selected times. Summary can also analyze multiple Web logs to provide totals over time, something that was difficult using many traditional Web log analyzers. Summary is $59 shareware and is a 345K download. Requirements include a PowerPC-based Macintosh, an active Internet connection, and a Web browser. [ACE]



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