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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.

 
 

Apple Adds More RSS Syndication Feeds

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Apple Adds More RSS Syndication Feeds -- Apple has quietly offered RSS-based news feeds for a while, but the company recently added a page that lists every feed, which includes many subcategories. For instance, you can monitor all the latest downloads, or just downloads by category. Likewise, you can get an update whenever iTunes songs are posted in certain genres, or generate your own custom query.

<http://www.apple.com/rss/>

If you haven't heard of RSS (Really Simple Syndication, among other expansions), it is a simple way for a Web site to format (or "syndicate") a list of their latest headlines or Web log entries so that a corresponding RSS news reader can subscribe to a given set of headlines, given the feed's URL. In Apple's case, you Control-click the XML icon next to the feed name and copy the URL to the clipboard before pasting it into your RSS news reader. (And yes, TidBITS offers an RSS feed as well via the first link below.) With RSS, you control the subscription, and your email address isn't passed to the site. I wrote a lengthy piece for The Seattle Times about RSS recently. A popular Mac OS X RSS news reader is the free NetNewsWire Lite from Ranchero Software. The $40 NetNewsWire lets you post blog entries to popular blogging software and hosts. [GF]

<http://www.tidbits.com/channels/tidbits.rss>
<http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/ businesstechnology/2001786075_ ptrss08.html>
<http://ranchero.com/netnewswire>

 

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