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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.

 
 

Welcome Benjamin Warner Fleishman!

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Welcome Benjamin Warner Fleishman! Our heartiest congratulations to Contributing Editor Glenn Fleishman and his wife Lynn Warner, on the birth of their son Benjamin last Wednesday, 18-Aug-04. Tonya and I have known and worked with Glenn for many years: his first appearance in TidBITS came back in 1991 in TidBITS-053; he hosted our servers at his company POPCO for several years in the mid-1990s; we worked together on the short-lived NetBITS before he took time off to recover from Hodgkin's Disease; he and I co-authored two editions of The Wireless Networking Starter Kit; and now he's writing Take Control ebooks with us. It's been a long and enjoyable road, and we wish him and Lynn and Benjamin a continued smooth journey.

While we're on the topic of babies born last Wednesday, equally hearty congratulations are due to our friends Jason and Lauren Snell, on the birth of their second child, Julian William Snell. Jason is Editor in Chief of Macworld Magazine and an occasional TidBITS Talk contributor, and Lauren worked with us years ago on the original incarnation of DealBITS.

Much as we miss being able to spend time in person with Glenn and Lynn (in Seattle) and Jason and Lauren (near San Francisco), if all our kids went to the same school, the school newspaper might be really scary. I can just imagine the conversations: "My Mom says you're not supposed to capitalize prepositions in titles." "But the 23rd Edition of Chicago Manual says you should capitalize those words when they're used as adverbs!" [ACE]

 

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