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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.

 
 

DealBITS Drawing: BeLight Software's Live Interior 3D

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I imagine that for all of us, there are things we'd really like to do, but somehow have never found the opportunity. For me, one of those things is to create a 3D model of rooms in our house for the purpose of playing with furniture placement, remodeling plans, or honestly, just the fun of having a digital model of a real-world house. And were I ever to build a new house, such a tool would be essential. Alas, time doesn't permit such experimentation at this stage in my life, but for anyone who does want to try 3D modeling of rooms, BeLight Software's new Live Interior 3D looks like it would be a boon. It comes with more than 1,000 objects you can place within your own plans or those you modify from the 50 or so editable templates included. It supports Google 3D Warehouse, and can import objects from other 3D programs. You can also work in 2D mode, where it supports automatic dimensioning, automatic floor and ceiling creation, and smart guides. In 3D mode, there's a walk-through mode with multiple adjustable cameras, and you can set the time of day, geographic orientation, and lighting. It's definitely worth a look.

In this week's DealBITS drawing, you can enter to win one of three copies of Live Interior 3D, each worth $79.95. Entrants who aren't among our lucky winners will receive a discount on Live Interior 3D, so be sure to enter at the DealBITS page. All information gathered is covered by our comprehensive privacy policy. Be careful with your spam filters and challenge-response systems, since you must be able to receive email from my address to learn if you've won. Remember too, that if someone you refer to this drawing wins, you'll receive the same prize as a reward for spreading the word.

 

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