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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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TidBITS Appearances at Macworld SF

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TidBITS Appearances at Macworld SF -- We may be a virtual organization, but we love meeting you in person at Macworld Expos. If you're attending the show this week in San Francisco, stop by one or more of the events below and say hello.

  • Wednesday, 05-Jan-00: Adam will be signing copies of his Eudora VQS book at the Aladdin Systems booth (#2217) from 1:00-2:00 PM. Jeff Carlson and his co-author Glenn Fleishman will be signing their Real World GoLive book and answering questions about GoLive in the Adobe booth from 2:00-4:00 PM.

  • Thursday, 06-Jan-00: Adam will be signing copies of his Eudora VQS book at the Peachpit Press booth (#2428) from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM. Jeff will also be at the Peachpit booth from 10:00-11:00 AM signing his Real World GoLive book, and then again from 2:00-3:00 PM for his Palm VQS book. We'll both be at the Netter's Dinner Thursday night - make sure to sign up in advance if you wish to attend. Matt Neuburg will be signing his REALbasic book at the REAL Software booth (#949) at 10:30 AM.

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  • Friday, 07-Jan-00: Jeff Carlson and Glenn Fleishman will be signing their Real World GoLive book in the Adobe booth from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

  • Unfortunately, since O'Reilly & Associates doesn't have a booth at Macworld Expo, I don't have any signings scheduled for Crossing Platforms: A Macintosh/Windows Phrasebook. However, visit the Connectix booth (#1707) since they'll be giving away signed copies of the book throughout the show, and I might be able to set up some sort of an appearance there. In lieu of that, check out the URL below (after Wednesday, 05-Jan-00), where David Pogue and I interviewed each other about the book. [ACE]

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