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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.


Dropbox Referral Bonuses Doubled to 500 MB, Retroactively

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For every friend that you invite to join Dropbox, the cloud-based storage and file sharing service has long awarded both you and your friend 250 MB of free storage space. It’s a great technique for encouraging people to sign up with the service, and Dropbox just sweetened the deal by doubling the bonus space award to 500 MB. (Educational Dropbox accounts were already receiving 500 MB referral bonuses, and it appears they remain at that level.)

Even better, and this is a truly classy move, Dropbox has applied the doubling retroactively to all your previous referrals. As a result, my account, already at 13.25 GB (2 GB base amount, plus 250 MB from being referred to Dropbox by someone else initially, plus 8 GB of 250 MB referrals, plus 3 GB from the Camera Upload beta test; see “Get More Storage for Testing Dropbox Camera Uploads,” 29 March 2012) has now jumped to 21.25 GB thanks to the 8 GB of referrals being doubled to 16 GB. Speaking of which, 16 GB is the maximum a free Dropbox Basic account can gain from referrals; paid Dropbox Pro accounts earn 1 GB per referral and can get up to a maximum of 32 GB.

So if you were previously on the edge of filling up your Dropbox account, you may have just received some additional breathing room. To see how much space you have, you can just look in the Dropbox menu, where it will tell you what percentage of your overall space is used. If you check your Account Info page, you can see how your storage breaks down between your files and files shared with you.



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Comments about Dropbox Referral Bonuses Doubled to 500 MB, Retroactively

Winch103  2012-04-04 23:24
BTW for those who still don't know the Ref'Around project :

15 dropbox referees in less than 10 days, and still counting!
Does this still apply to people who have their dropbox account linked with a .edu email? I have mine linked with my college email address and I haven't gained any more space. The reason I thought this might be, is because linking with a .edu email doubles referrals to 500mb. At first I just assumed it would double again, or at least add another 256mb, but nothing has happened.
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2012-04-08 11:26
From the way Dropbox describes it, no, it doesn't apply to college accounts, because they already were doubled over the base 250 MB.
Doug Lerner  2012-04-09 17:19
I sure didn't see my previous referrals double. I had about 2.8 GB from previous referrals plus the initial 2 GB plus the recent 500 MB from their camera folder testing deal - and still have the same total 5.2 GB I did last week.

Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2012-04-09 18:04
Check your Dropbox events page, scrolling backwards. The change in size should show up there.
david cuddy  An apple icon for a TidBITS Supporter 2012-04-11 14:12
Mine jumped up to 10.2 GB two days ago. Thank you, Dropbox!