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 Find Yourself with GPS
- Comparing Two Early iPhone GPS Navigation Apps (25 Sep 09)
- Garmin nuvi 255W Focuses on Navigation (07 Aug 08)
- Back in the Saddle with the TomTom Go 720 GPS (27 May 08)
- 2006 Gift Ideas for the Macintosh-Minded (07 Dec 06)
- Magellan RoadMate 3000T/6000T Heads Downhill (04 Dec 06)
- Garmin StreetPilot 2720 Ups the Ante for Car Navigation (15 May 06)
- Magellan RoadMate 760 GPS Speaks Out (21 Nov 05)
- On the Road with the Magellan RoadMate 700 (08 Aug 05)
- Running with a Garmin Forerunner GPS (25 Jul 05)
- Bringing Order to NYC Chaos: Garmin StreetPilot c330 (23 May 05)
- Instructions from Outer Space: GPS Car Navigation (16 May 05)
- Internet-Guided Offline Recreation (IGOR): Geocaching (09 Jun 03)
- GPSy 3.0 Maps New Features (06 Apr 98)
- Feeling Lost? An Overview of Global Positioning Systems (14 Jul 97)
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