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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.

 
 

Palm Finally Releases Palm OS 3.5

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Palm Finally Releases Palm OS 3.5 -- Palm, Inc. has finally released Palm OS 3.5 as a stand-alone upgrade for owners of Palm organizers. Although Palm OS 3.5 has been pre-installed on new handhelds for several months, this is the first time the upgrade has been available for machines running Palm OS 3.3 and earlier. The new operating system offers a few improvements, including an Agenda view in the Date Book application for viewing appointments and to-do items simultaneously, direct access to menus by tapping the menu bar area, and a Command Bar for accessing frequently used commands. Other improvements include a way to mask private records (instead of simply hiding them), the capability to assign a category to items beamed to your device, and support for faster synchronization operations. Before upgrading, be sure to back up your handheld's data with a utility such as Palm Buddy or BackupBuddy; the upgrade overwrites the handheld's memory and ROM, and Palm's default Backup conduit isn't guaranteed to restore all third-party applications on the Mac. Also, devices such as the Palm IIIe and Handspring Visors, which use memory that can't be overwritten by this type of modification, cannot be upgraded. Confusingly, the Palm OS 3.5 upgrade costs $15 for a 1.3 MB downloaded version, or $20 for a version on CD-ROM. However, owners of Palm Vx devices are able to upgrade for free, though Palm has offered no explanation of why this is so. Once you've installed Palm OS 3.5, Palm recommends applying the Palm OS 3.5.2 update (a 3K download), which corrects a few incompatibilities with third-party software. [JLC]

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<http://www.backupbuddy.com/>
<http://www.palm.com/support/35upgrade/palmvx_ upgrade.html>
<http://www.palm.com/support/downloads/ update352.html>

 

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