Why Using Spaces To Line Up Text Is A Bad Idea

Written by Rafael Van Dyke

With typewriters being almost a thing ofrepparttar past, you would think thatrepparttar 107873 typewriter mentality would go along with it. But old habits due die hard; and there’s one that makes me cringe every time I see it – lining up row of text withrepparttar 107874 spacebar.

This worked very well with typewriters and even most word processors because you could count every character (includingrepparttar 107875 space) to be exactlyrepparttar 107876 same size. For example, let’s say you wanted to create 4 rows of text divided into three columns. You would start off by simply typingrepparttar 107877 text you wanted inrepparttar 107878 first column and then hitrepparttar 107879 spacebar repeatedly until you got to where wantedrepparttar 107880 next column of text, and repeat these steps forrepparttar 107881 third column of text. Forrepparttar 107882 next 3 rows, you would press enter, type your first block of text and hitrepparttar 107883 spacebar again until you were inrepparttar 107884 same spot thatrepparttar 107885 previous 2nd column started, andrepparttar 107886 same withrepparttar 107887 3rd column.

This technique stills works in today’s word processing programs, as long as you continue to use fixed width fonts like Courier or Courier New. There’srepparttar 107888 catch, you typically won’t use fixed width fonts to type your documents with. Instead, you’ll be using TrueType fonts like Times New Roman and Arial where each character size is different; therefore,repparttar 107889 old spacing technique will never work. Don’t be lazy and settle for jagged alignments; learnrepparttar 107890 new and improved techniques to line up text.

Usingrepparttar 107891 Default Tab Stops The simple way to line text is to userepparttar 107892 default tab stops that are set with every new document (typically every half inch). You would userepparttar 107893 same technique as before, except you would hitrepparttar 107894 tab key instead ofrepparttar 107895 spacebar. Usingrepparttar 107896 tab key actually gets you to your spot a lot faster and you don’t have worry about lining up text becauserepparttar 107897 tab stops are in exactlyrepparttar 107898 same place on every line.

Creating Your Own Tab Stops Creating tab stops in your document is not a new technique. You can actually create tab stops on a typewriter; but it was considered an advanced technique, so only expert typists used them. The concept is stillrepparttar 107899 new, but Microsoft Word makes a lot easier to create them. To create your own tab stops, simply click inrepparttar 107900 bottom half ofrepparttar 107901 Ruler Bar where you want them each of them set. You’ll know it’s set when you see an “L” inrepparttar 107902 ruler bar. After they’re all set, you only have to hitrepparttar 107903 tab key once and it will automatically gorepparttar 107904 next stop. If you need to make a change to any tab stop location, just click and dragrepparttar 107905 “L” alongrepparttar 107906 ruler; you can also click and dragrepparttar 107907 “L” offrepparttar 107908 ruler to remove a tab stop.

Do You Make REGULAR Backups?

Written by John Evans

"Do You Make REGULAR Backups? If You Don't... It Could Cost You" copyright 2002 John Evans

One ofrepparttar very basic computer 'rules' is to always make backup copies of your important files.

That is not only good advice, it's extremely essential.

You've probably heardrepparttar 107872 saying that it's not IF your hard drive will crash, but WHEN!

But crashing is notrepparttar 107873 only way to lose files. What about accidently deleting files, and then emptyingrepparttar 107874 Recyle Bin?

Suppose you wanted to deleterepparttar 107875 files on a floppy in your 'A' drive. Also suppose that you forgot to switch torepparttar 107876 'A' drive before you hit "delete." I hate to admit it, but I've done this TWICE. (Some of us learnrepparttar 107877 hard way.) So, I lost everything onrepparttar 107878 hard drive.


Then, of course, I had to reinstall Windows, and find allrepparttar 107879 floppies that contained my backup files, and reinstall everything. Very time-consuming.

It wasn't too bad at that time, because I had just started fooling around with computers, and didn't have much on mine. Hadn't even signed up for an online service, yet.

But what if my online business had been up and running at that time, and I had no backups...?

The second time this happened, I did have backups, but they were on 1.44mb floppies. A LOT of 1.44mb floppies.

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