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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/06-Jun-05

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Take Control Tiger Ebooks Pass 10,000 Sales -- Last week we hit our second milestone with our Take Control ebooks about Tiger: 10,000 copies sold. Amusingly, the 10,000th copy sold went to Prudence Holliger of Issaquah, Washington, who we met years ago through the Seattle Downtown Business Users Group MUG. Thanks to Prudence and the thousands of other people who helped make our efforts to provide early documentation about Tiger worthwhile!

 

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