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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.

 

 

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DealBITS Drawing: iMove from MaxUpgrades

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The design of Apple's recently replaced G4-based iMacs made it extremely easy to adjust the position of the LCD display for optimal viewing as you moved around in your chair or conferred with someone else about something on the screen. The new iMac G5, sleek and iPod-like though it is, lacks much of that adjustability, since the screen can only tilt up and down through 30 degrees of motion. For any kind of side-to-side, forward-and-back, or rotational adjustment, you must move the entire iMac, which isn't necessarily an easy task, given that it weighs in at either 18.5 pounds (8.5 kg) for the 17-inch model or 25.2 pounds (11.4 kg) for the 20-inch model. The same problem affects Apple's current aluminum Cinema Displays, which weigh between 14.5 pounds (6.6 kg) and 27.5 pounds (12.5 kg).

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