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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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FlexiTrace Details

FlexiTrace v1.01 Tree Star, Inc. 116 Memory Lane Campbell, CA 95008 408/371-8343 Rating: 8 Penguins out of a possible 10 Summary: -- FlexiTrace does one thing quite well, it converts existing graphs and plots into digital data, i.eShow full article

Background Info

I started by purchasing FlexiGraphs, TreeStar's business graphics application, not for generating graphs, but for a crude, yet effective, data digitizing featureShow full article

What FlexiTrace Does

FlexiTrace is an application for digitizing data. In scientific/engineering work one often needs to digitize line plots, something versus time is typical, that were generated by others, or the original x-y data points are otherwise not available, e.gShow full article

How FlexiTrace Works

After launching FlexiTrace use the OPEN... option under the FILE menu to open your scanned image or one of the sample images that accompany FlexiTraceShow full article

FlexiTrace Pros

Easy to use! Does the job at hand with a few features that make the result impressive, rather than acceptable. Show full article

FlexiTrace Cons

The $249 list price is a bit high. I paid (me, not my company) $149 for FlexiGraphs and did not blink an eye because FlexiGraphs did what I needed to have done, and there was no more cost-effective solutionShow full article

Suggested Improvements

I would like to be able to edit the digitized data, i.e. delete, add, or modify points and see where the modified data appears relative to the scanned imageShow full article

FlexiTrace Summary

Overall, what I like best about FlexiTrace is that it does the job just the way I want to have it done, simple yet effective. As a user I have the impression that the developers actually USED this softwareShow full article

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