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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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Spotlight Qualifiers Posted on Apple Site -- Sure enough, I write an article that says Apple hasn't yet provided detail on a given subject, and they go and update their site. In last week's TidBITS, I wrote about using some restricting syntax for making searches in Tiger with Spotlight, and said Apple hadn't provided the detail necessary to know what control words and terms to use. They do now.

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Although there are many kinds of metadata, Apple is exposing just the item kind and the item's modification date or the date in a calendar item. The syntax is pretty straightforward and they provide the vocabulary for it now. If you want to search on more metadata attributes, you can use Smart Folders. [GF]

 

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