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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.

 
 

Firefox 1.0 Released

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Firefox 1.0 Released -- The Mozilla Organization has released version 1.0 of Firefox, an open-source Web browser. The news is a little more exciting for Windows users looking for better security than is provided by Internet Explorer, but Mac users will find that the Mac OS X version is as snappy as Safari with a few extra features thrown in. For example, new Live Bookmarks read RSS feeds and provide a list of current articles (such as weblog entries or news updates); the Search field includes other search engines besides Google; and Firefox offers the capability to install third-party toolbars (such as Amazon's A9 search toolbar). Firefox 1.0 is a free 8.6 MB download, and requires Mac OS X 10.1 or later. [JLC]

<http://www.mozilla.org/products/firefox/>
<http://toolbar.a9.com/>

 

New for iOS 8: TextExpander 3 with custom keyboard.
Set up short abbreviations which expand to larger bits of text,
such as "Tx" for "TextExpander". With the new custom keyboard,
you can expand abbreviations in any app, including Safari and
Mail. <http://smle.us/tetouch3-tb>