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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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Solve More Word 2008 Problems with AppleScript

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In "Word 2008 and the Paste Plain Text Dance" (2008-01-19) I described a particular problem I'd been having with Word 2008 and how I solved it using a short AppleScript, now that Office 2008 no longer supports VBA (Visual Basic for Applications) scripting. At the end of the article, I asked for feedback about tasks readers had previously solved using VBA and were hoping to replicate using AppleScript. Numerous people wrote in with suggestions, and I describe some of the resulting scripts in an article for Macworld titled "Automating Word with AppleScript." Due to space limitations, Macworld decided to spin off a few of the scripts into their own article ("Automating Word 2008 - Additional AppleScripts"), which appears only online.

If you've had trouble getting Word 2008 to perform some basic tasks, perhaps these scripts will solve your problems, or at least give you some hints as you develop your own AppleScript solutions.

 

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