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If you work with Word's Comment feature, you may find that the comment-balloon text is too small to work with, or you may just want some variety. To modify the style, choose Format > Style. From the List pop-up menu, choose All Styles. Select Balloon Text from the Style list. Modify the style as you like, and then click Apply. I like Arial Narrow, 12 point.

 
 
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Thunderbolt Drives One External Monitor on MacBook Pro

Despite speculation and errant information on Apple’s Australian Web site, the new MacBook Pros can drive only a single external monitor using Thunderbolt.Show full article

Wrangle Windows on a Mac with New Take Control Ebook

If you’re trying to determine the best way to run Windows on a Mac, or if you have Windows running but need help with problems like printing documents, backing up Windows data, sharing files with Mac OS X, or running anti-virus software, Joe Kissell’s new “Take Control of Running Windows on a Mac, Fifth Edition” has the answers.Show full article

Upgrade to MobileMe Calendar by 5 May 2011

The new MobileMe Calendar will cease to be optional as of 5 May 2011, when calendar syncing among MobileMe-connected devices will stop working for everyone who has not yet upgraded. Read on for things to beware of when upgrading.Show full article

iPad 2: Faster, Thinner, Lighter, and Bicameral

Apple has announced the iPad 2, featuring an industrial design that’s slightly thinner and lighter. It also includes a new A5 processor, front- and rear-facing cameras, a gyroscope, and, optionally, a new Smart Cover and Digital AV Adapter. Storage capacities, battery life, and prices all remain the same.Show full article

Hands-On Details about the iPad 2 and iOS 4.3

Jeff Carlson attended Apple’s iPad 2 event and got first-hand experience with the thinner, more powerful tablet.Show full article

Apple Previews New Features in iOS 4.3

Apple has let the cat out of the bag about iOS 4.3. Here’s a look at what’s coming, including faster Safari performance, iTunes Home Sharing, better AirPlay, and a personal hotspot feature.Show full article

New iOS Versions of iMovie and GarageBand

Apple has just shoehorned a movie production company and a recording studio into a 1.3 pound package. For $10. Batteries included.Show full article

iTunes 10.2: More Than Just iPad 2 and iOS 4.3 Support

iTunes 10.2 is out to support the upcoming releases of the iPad 2 and iOS 4.3, but Kirk McElhearn’s eagle eye has spotted a few other minor changes, largely in the program’s preferences, along with slightly improved performance.Show full article

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 7 March 2011

Notable software releases this week include Firefox 3.6.15, SpamSieve 2.8.5, BusyCal 1.5.2, Dragon Dictate 2.0.3, and Airfoil 4.0.2.Show full article

ExtraBITS for 7 March 2011

If you’re in need of more to read, check out John Gruber’s insightful look into Apple’s 30-percent business model along with the news that Verizon Wireless’s unlimited data plan for the iPhone will disappear in a few months.Show full article

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