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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.

 
 

"Take Control of Customizing Panther" in Japanese

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"Take Control of Customizing Panther" in Japanese -- Our industrious Japanese translators have done it again! We're pleased to announce the release of the Japanese translation of Matt Neuburg's "Take Control of Customizing Panther," which is now available for $7.50. We're once again offering this version free to Japanese speakers who have already purchased the English version of Matt's ebook. To download your copy, click the Check for Updates button on the first page of "Take Control of Customizing Panther" and click the download link in the Web page that appears. The free download link will work through 01-Jun-04. If you don't have the current 1.2 version of "Take Control of Customizing Panther," your copy won't have the Check for Updates button, so you'll need to upgrade to 1.2 with the instructions we sent on 10-Apr-04. If you have trouble, send email to Tonya at <tc-comments@tidbits.com>. [ACE]

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