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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.

 
 

MacBook Pro Repair Program Addresses Nvidia Flaws

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Is the video on your recent-model MacBook Pro causing you grief? It's not your eyes playing tricks on you. Apple has announced a repair program to fix Mac laptops that contain Nvidia's troubled GeForce 8600M GT graphics processor. Symptoms include distorted or scrambled video on the laptop's screen, or no video on the laptop or on an external display when the computer is on.

The GeForce 8600M GT graphics processor was included on the 15-inch and 17-inch models of the MacBook Pro (Late 2007, 2.4/2.2 GHz) and MacBook Pro (Early 2008), manufactured between May 2007 and September 2008. To determine the processor your MacBook Pro uses, choose About This Mac from the Apple menu, click the More Info button to launch System Profiler, and click Graphics/Displays in the left column. The graphics processor is displayed in the right column.

The program does not appear to be a recall. Instead, according to Apple, "if the Nvidia graphics processor in your MacBook Pro has failed, or fails within two years of the original date of purchase, a repair will be done free of charge, even if your MacBook Pro is out of warranty." If you've had to pay for this repair previously, contact Apple to get a refund.

 

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