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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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Apple Ships Pink iPod nano, Apologizes to Tonya

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Responding with alacrity to TidBITS Editor in Chief Tonya Engst's piece about the increased number of women in the Macintosh world (or at least attending Macworld Expo - see "More Women at Macworld Expo?," 2008-01-20), Apple last week released a pink iPod nano. The 8 GB iPod nano costs $199, just like all the other colored 8 GB iPod nanos, since Apple knows that women are way too smart to pay more just because they'd prefer pink.


"We're sure Tonya will appreciate the new color, and we apologize for dragging our heels on releasing the pink iPod nano," said Greg Joswiak, Apple's vice president of Worldwide iPod Product Marketing. "We had to get Jonathan Ive to sign off on the exact shade of pink, and it turns out to be harder than you'd expect to color aluminum pink."

Well, actually, he didn't say that. His actual quote was, "The pink iPod nano is perfect for people who want a great new color this spring, or who are searching for a special Valentine's Day gift." But I know Joz, and I can't imagine he actually said that, given that he is a verified guy. My money is on the quote having been put in Joz's mouth by Christine Monaghan, Apple PR's iPod contact, who I'm willing to bet is a woman and would thus be much more likely to use "a great new color this spring" in a sentence.

And Joz, I'm betting the whole Valentine's Day gift thing is a hint.

 

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