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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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Take Control Ebook Signing at Smile’s Macworld/iWorld Booth

Thanks to PDFpen for iPad, we’ll be having an ebook signing at the Smile booth at Macworld/iWorld on Friday, 1 February 2013 at 3:00 PM. Bring your Take Control ebooks on an iPad outfitted with PDFpen!Show full article

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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 28 January 2013

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ExtraBITS for 28 January 2013

Two quick bits for you to ponder this week: scientists encoding data in DNA (but it’s not cheap!) and an independent designer’s mockup of what a future Mac Pro could (but probably won’t) look like.Show full article

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