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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.

 
 

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 17-Mar-08

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We're overwhelmed with great software that we'd like to cover right away, but we're simply running out of time in any given week. Rather than let these excellent programs go unnoticed or make you wait until we get around to more thorough coverage, we're going to experiment with telling you about it in an article that we'll update throughout the week, and then close and publish in the next week's TidBITS issue. These articles won't attempt to be comprehensive, but will instead focus on just those applications we think you'll find most interesting. This week we'd like to present:

  • Things 0.9 from Cultured Code adds recurring to-dos and projects to the task management utility, along with the capability to create and switch among multiple Things libraries.
  • SubEthaEdit 3.1 from TheCodingMonkeys adds more collaborative features to the text editor, including automatic port forwarding (so you don't need a static IP address to share a document), integration with iChat for collaboration invitations, and "friendcasting" that lets you connect with the friends of your friends.
  • PopChar 3.4 from Ergonis Software offers an enhanced search feature for finding special characters by name, Unicode number, or example. Also, a new contextual menu simplifies copying characters to the clipboard in various formats, automatic update checking has been added, and compatibility with Leopard and various applications has been improved.
  • WireTap Studio 1.0.5 from Ambrosia Software improves tagging support, supports up to 4 GB WAVE and AIFF files, and adds more bit rates to AIFF and AIFC.
  • ScreenFlow 1.0.2 from Vara Software is a new program that looks to provide an excellent set of tools for recording, editing, and exporting screencasts, something that's been difficult in the past.
  • Enclose 1.0.1 from Gracion Software lets you give files to anyone by simplifying the task of uploading files to your Web server or .Mac iDisk and sending a download link to one or more recipients via email.
  • Parallels Server Beta 2 from Parallels adds a full bare-metal hypervisor to run multiple virtual machines without relying on the host operating system, support for four-way symmetric multiprocessing, and experimental support for Intel VT-d for better hardware acceleration of virtual machines.
  • The Missing Sync for Palm OS 6.0.3 from Mark/Space improves Palm synchronization with Bare Bones Software's Yojimbo 1.5, enhances handling of recurring tasks, and offers better support for custom field synchronization with Entourage, along with deletion of individual or selected calls and text messages from the archive on your Mac.

 

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>