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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.

 
 

Acrobatics

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Acrobatics -- Davide Guarisco <guarisco@stanford.edu> offered some addenda to Mike Lee's article on Acrobat in NetBITS-014:

<http://db.netbits.net/article/04637>

First, with the newest Macintosh LaserWriter software from Apple (8.5.1) it's even easier to create PDF documents. PDF is now an option in the standard printing dialog box. It works fine, provided that you have Adobe's Acrobat Distiller installed on your hard disk.

<http://devworld.apple.com/ngs/lpp/adrpub/docs/ dev/ technotes/tn/tn1112.html>
<http://www.adobe.com/prodindex/acrobat/ main.html>

Second, the Acrobat plug-in also works with Apple's now-defunct (but still functional) Cyberdog (although I am not sure about the "optimized" feature).

 

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>