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Agen Schmitz is a freelance writer and editor with a lot of Amazon time under his belt. After leaving Amazon in 2003 (as senior editor for the Camera & Photo store), Agen has written for the Amazon Electronics Store blog (mainly covering Apple news) and created product content for a variety of Amazon categories — from PCs to comforter sets to luxury watches. He lives in Seattle with his wife and son (who likes to think his father’s iPad is his own). (January 2012)

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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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