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Close Word Comments Easily

If you don't like how precisely you must mouse in Microsoft Word 2008 to delete comment balloons, note that you can Control-click (right-click) a balloon to pop up a contextual menu. From the menu choose Delete Comment, and you're done.

Also, to get rid of all comments at once, choose Tools > Customize Keyboard and set up a keyboard shortcut to go with the DeleteAllComments command, available in the Tools category. Oddly, there's no Delete Comment keyboard customization option that I can find.

 
 

OS X Server 2.1.1

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Apple has released OS X Server 2.1.1, which has been updated with the capability of managing DHCP from within the Server app as well as adding support for iOS 6 devices to the Profile Manager. The release also enables management of the blacklist settings for the Mail service, prevents spurious “Host name changed” alert messages after restarting, addresses an issue where AirPort base stations couldn’t be managed after updating from previous versions of OS X Server (as well as some other migration issues), and allows for setting a default NetBoot image in the Server app. ($19.99 new, free update, 136 MB, release notes)

 

New for iOS 8: TextExpander 3 with custom keyboard.
Set up short abbreviations which expand to larger bits of text,
such as “Tx” for “TextExpander”. With the new custom keyboard,
you can expand abbreviations in any app, including Safari and
Mail. <http://smle.us/tetouch3-tb>