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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.

 
 

Missing Sync 4.0 Supports Latest Windows Mobile Devices

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Mark/Space has released The Missing Sync for Windows Mobile 4.0, which makes it possible to sync data between a Mac and Windows Mobile-based smartphones, notably adding compatibility with devices running the latest Windows Mobile 6. So if you've managed to avoid the intense gravitational pull of the iPhone and are instead using a Windows Mobile smartphone like the HTC Touch, Motorola Q9, or the Samsung Blackjack, The Missing Sync for Windows Mobile 4.0 can now import videos taken with the device and encode DRM-free QuickTime video from the Mac for playback on devices that support MP4 video. This new version also logs calls made on the smartphone and lets you sort and search them in a Call Log application on the Mac. All calls have basic information, but integration with Address Book on the Mac provides additional data about known contacts, and you can easily create contacts from call log data. Professionals who bill for their time can even export call log data to Excel or a database application. SMS messages are logged and transferred to the Mac too, with the same Address Book integration, providing a record of what could be important communications on the Mac. (Unfortunately, SMS support isn't available on the Palm Treo 700 and 750.)

These new features come in addition to previous support for syncing contacts from Address Book and Entourage, calendar events with iCal and Entourage, notes and voice recordings, Office files, photos with iPhoto, unprotected music from iTunes, and more.

The Missing Sync for Windows Mobile 4.0 costs $39.95 as an electronic download; CD versions will be available soon for $49.95. Upgrades for owners of 3.0 are free for anyone who purchased on or after 01-Jun-07; purchases before that date and of certain other Missing Sync products are entitled to a $24.95 upgrade. The product requires Mac OS X 10.4.9 on the Mac and works with devices using Windows Mobile 2002 (also called Pocket PC 2002), Windows Mobile 2003, Windows Mobile 5, and Windows Mobile 6. Visit Mark/Space's Web site to see if your Windows Mobile device is supported.

 

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