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Find Next Without Using the Find Dialog in Word 2008

Rarely do you want to find just one instance of a word or phrase in Word. Instead of trying to keep Word 2008's Find and Replace dialog showing while searching, which can be awkward on a small screen, try the Next Find control. After you've found the term you're looking for once, click the downward-pointing double arrow button at the bottom of the vertical scroll bar to find the next instance of your search term. The upward-pointing double arrow finds the previous instance, which is way easier than switching to Current Document Up in the expanded Find and Replace dialog.

 
 

MacBook Pro Gets Core 2 Duo, FireWire 800

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Apple upgraded its entire MacBook Pro line of professional laptops last week, incorporating Intel's new Core 2 Duo processor instead of the Core Duo processor introduced early this year (see "Intel-Based iMac and MacBook Pro Ship Earlier than Expected," 16-Jan-06). The company says its latest 15-inch and 17-inch laptops are up to 39 percent faster than the previous models.

At the same time, Apple has doubled the memory and increased the storage capacity of the basic MacBook Pro configurations. Starting at $2,000, Apple's stock models offer 1 or 2 GB of RAM, and a 120 GB or 160 GB Serial ATA hard drive. The machines can be custom configured with up to 3 GB of RAM and a 200 GB hard drive. New to the 15-inch MacBook Pro is a FireWire 800 port, previously available only with a third-party FireWire 800 ExpressCard (see "FireWire 800 ExpressCard for MacBook Pro," 08-May-06). (Late-model PowerBook G4s and the 17-inch MacBook Pro offered FireWire 800.)

The company says Intel's Core 2 Duo processor, with 4 MB of shared L2 cache, offers increased performance in such professional applications as Aperture 1.5 and Final Cut Pro 5.1, both released earlier this month. (We're left wondering what Intel calls this chip in non-English-speaking markets, and whether the next revision will be the Intel Core 2 Duo Squared.)

The new 15-inch MacBook Pro is available now, and Apple says the 17-inch model will ship this week. The company also announced a new $60 Apple MagSafe Airline Adaptor, something sorely lacking to date. If you're a frequent flier and your preferred airline offers EmPower and 20mm power ports, you can operate your MacBook or MacBook Pro in flight (though it won't charge the battery).

 

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