Thoughtful, detailed coverage of the Mac, iPhone, and iPad, plus the best-selling Take Control ebooks.

 

 

Pick an apple! 
 
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.

 
 

Hot Topics in TidBITS Talk/05-Jun-06

Send Article to a Friend

The first link for each thread description points to the traditional TidBITS Talk interface; the second link points to the same discussion on our Web Crossing server, which provides a different look and which may be faster.

Security Update causing Mail to crash? Readers detail a few problems following the latest Mac OS X security update, though the issues don't appear to be widespread. (8 messages)

<http://db.tidbits.com/getbits.acgi?tlkthrd=3012>
<http://emperor.tidbits.com/TidBITS/Talk/844/>

QuickTake to iPhoto -- An owner of one of Apple's early digital cameras wants to bring those photos into iPhoto, but what's the best way to convert the old PICT format into JPEG files that iPhoto can read? Apparently it takes more than just a graphics conversion program to do the trick. (8 messages)

<http://db.tidbits.com/getbits.acgi?tlkthrd=3013>
<http://emperor.tidbits.com/TidBITS/Talk/845/>

SE/30 in Ethernet LAN -- Where else are you going to find expert advice on connecting a Macintosh SE/30 to a modern Ethernet network? And where else will you find people willing to send the hardware required? You get one guess. (14 messages)

<http://db.tidbits.com/getbits.acgi?tlkthrd=3014>
<http://emperor.tidbits.com/TidBITS/Talk/846/>

Mac OS X Font Mistakes -- Sharon Zardetto Aker's article on avoiding the most common Mac OS X font mistake prompts discussion of font management tools. (2 messages)

<http://db.tidbits.com/getbits.acgi?tlkthrd=3016>
<http://emperor.tidbits.com/TidBITS/Talk/848/>

Sudden Motion Sensor Hacks -- Following Adam's article on recent software that takes advantage of the Sudden Motion Sensor in Apple's recent laptops, readers discuss the sensor's accelerometer and whether a MacBook can double as a very expensive carpenter's level (yes!). (9 messages)

<http://db.tidbits.com/getbits.acgi?tlkthrd=3019>
<http://emperor.tidbits.com/TidBITS/Talk/851/>

 

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>