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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 News/14-Mar-05

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As a way of spreading the word about Take Control ebooks, we've started working with some of our friends at other publications to publish excerpts from a few of our books. You can already download free samples of all our ebooks to see what's covered and what the reading experience would be like, but the excerpts contain the full text and screenshots of particular sections.

<http://www.tidbits.com/takecontrol/>
<http://www.tidbits.com/takecontrol/news/>

Take Control of Sharing Files in Panther excerpt -- If you're interested in a more secure, more configurable FTP server in Mac OS X and you haven't already purchased Glenn Fleishman's "Take Control of Sharing Files in Panther" ebook, head over to O'Reilly's MacDevCenter, where we've published an excerpt from the latest version of Glenn's popular ebook. In the excerpt, Glenn explains how you can install and configure PureFTPd to replace Mac OS X's built-in FTP server, turn on anonymous FTP access, create FTP users that don't have associated Mac OS X login accounts on the machine, and more.

<http://www.macdevcenter.com/pub/a/mac/2005/03/ 04/ftp.html>
<http://www.tidbits.com/takecontrol/panther/ sharing.html>

Take Control of Mac OS X Backups excerpt -- Joe Kissell's "Take Control of Mac OS X Backups" has been our best-selling ebook of recent months, and it's great to see so many people protecting their data with good backups. If you haven't yet bought Joe's ebook, you can read a two-part excerpt on Macworld's Web site. In part one, Joe helps you start developing a backup strategy: he explains the difference between duplicates and archives (and why you want both), and discusses why synchronization utilities aren't sufficient for backups. Then, in part two, he talks about how often you should back up, looks at what's different about backing up a small network, and provides his overall recommendations.

<http://www.macworld.com/2005/02/features/ takecontrolexcerpt1/>
<http://www.macworld.com/2005/02/features/ takecontrolexcerpt2/>
<http://www.tidbits.com/takecontrol/backup- macosx.html>

 

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