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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.

 
 

Java 1.4.1 Update

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Java 1.4.1 Update -- Late this afternoon, Apple released Java 1.4.1, a significant update to the Java environment on the Mac. According to Apple, Java support in Safari and other Web browsers that support the Java Internet Plug-in has been improved, and applications written in Java now better take advantage of the Aqua interface and Quartz Extreme rendering capabilities in Mac OS X. This release also marks parity with the latest release of Sun's Java, with built-in support for XML-based Web services and better stability. Java applications can implement Jaguar's Universal Access features, including the capability to control Java applications with AppleScript using Apple's new UI Scripting technology (see Matt Neuburg's article "Scripting the Unscriptable in Mac OS X" later in this issue). Java 1.4.1 is a 26.1 MB download. [JLC]

<http://www.apple.com/java/>
<http://www.apple.com/applescript/GUI/>

 

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