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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.

 
 

BBEdit 7.0.4 Released

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BBEdit 7.0.4 Released -- Bare Bones Software has released BBEdit 7.0.4, a bug fix update that the company recommends for all owners of its flagship text editor, BBEdit 7.0. New in this release are expanded HTML preferences and CVS (Concurrent Versions System) logging. The update also incorporates over 60 changes ranging from typo corrections in error dialogs to improved performance when scrolling syntax-colored documents. The BBEdit 7.0.4 update is available as a free 15 MB download for both Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X. [JLC]

<http://www.barebones.com/support/bbedit/current _notes.shtml>
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