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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.

 
 

PCalc 4

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TLA Systems has released PCalc 4, rewritten from the ground up to resemble its iOS sibling. The latest version of the powerful Mac calculator includes a number of new features, such as the capability to show multiple lines on the display; a “ticker tape” option to show a history of recent calculations; editable user functions and conversions that sync to iOS and other Macs via iCloud; smart searching for conversions, constants, and functions; enhanced AppleScript support; and more. PCalc 4 requires OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion and is a free update for both Mac App Store users and those who purchased PCalc 3 from Kagi after 1 April 2013. It’s now being sold exclusively through the Mac App Store. ($9.99 new on the Mac App Store, free update)


 

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>