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Stylin' a Word Comment Balloon

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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iOS 7 to Remove Major Education Roadblock

Starting with iOS 7, Apple will finally allow children under age 13 to access its online educational services.Show full article

Streamed Advice for Managing Your Digital Photos

If iPhoto — or whatever photo management app you use — has become nothing more than a virtual shoebox into which you import photos, we have advice that will help you take control of your digital photos coming over the next 6 to 8 weeks.Show full article

With Markdown, Even the Blind Can Write

Markdown is a popular way to format plain text, but it has also opened up new opportunities for the visually impaired. Steven Aquino explains how Markdown has inadvertently proven to be a key accessibility tool.Show full article

Ebooks, Footnotes, and Skeuomorphs, Oh My!

Numbered footnotes are a print convention that may become cultural artifacts in the age of digital interactive text. But that may not be a completely good thing.Show full article

The State of Google Reader Replacements

With Google Reader shutting down after 1 July 2013, Josh Centers takes a look at the alternatives that have sprung up to replace it. We report on the best of the lot, and which third-party RSS clients will still be viable after the shutdown.Show full article

FunBITS: Sky Gamblers: Storm Raiders for iOS and Mac

Sky Gamblers: Storm Raiders is an award-winning game that brings console-quality World War II action to your Apple devices.Show full article

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 1 July 2013

Notable software releases this week include Transmit 4.4 and PopChar X 6.3.Show full article

ExtraBITS for 1 July 2013

We’re in the midst of the summer doldrums, so we have only a couple of ExtraBITS for you this week: a free iPhone repair kit and some thoughts on how Apple’s tight integration will make iOS 7 a tough look to copy.Show full article

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