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.
Other articles in the series HTML Editors
- HTMLbits: Taking New Software Out for a Spin (27 Oct 97)
- Spinning the Web Part 7: FrontPage, Fusion, and Final Thoughts (04 Aug 97)
- Spinning the Web Part 6: Linking up with Site Managers (28 Jul 97)
- Spinning the Web Part 5: New Frontiers (21 Jul 97)
- Spinning the Web Part 4: CyberStudio (07 Jul 97)
- Spinning the Web Part 3: Basic Visual HTML Editing (30 Jun 97)
- Spinning the Web Part 2: PageSpinner Meets the Competition (23 Jun 97)
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