How to Record, Write and Run a Macro in MS Word.

To make quick work of tasks that you do often, in the desktop version of Word you can bundle the steps into macros that run with a single click. In Word for the web, you have to step through such tasks manually. If you have Word, first click Open in Word to open your document in Word. Then follow the instructions for the desktop version of Word.

To create a macro to perform these steps, first highlight some text in your document, then click on the View tab on the main ribbon, then click on the tiny down arrow under the Macros icon to get the following drop-down menu. Click where it says Record Macro and you should get a screen like this.

Word macros: Four examples to automate your documents.

Take a closer look at the macro You can learn a little about the Visual Basic programming language by editing a macro. To edit a macro, in the Developer tab, click Macros, select the name of the macro, and click Edit. This starts the Visual Basic Editor. See how the actions that you recorded appear as code.The following image is the Macro Settings area of the Trust Center. Use the information in the following section to learn more about macro settings. Macro settings explained. Disable all macros without notification Macros and security alerts about macros are disabled. Disable all macros with notification Macros are disabled, but security alerts appear if there are macros present.The following sample macro searches for a specified paragraph style in a Microsoft Word 2002, Microsoft Office Word 2003 or Microsoft Office Word 2007 document and adds text to the beginning of each occurrence that it finds.


You can even assign a macro to a specific document. In the Macro Name box, type a descriptive name you want assigned to the macro you are writing. Optionally, you can enter information in the Description box. Click on Create. The VBA Editor is started and you can write your macro. WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training.There are two ways to create your own macro in Word. The easier method is to use the Macro Recorder to record the actions you want carried out. Having recorded them once, they can then be repeated over and over again simply by using the macro. The other method is to write the macro in Visual Basic.

Using the Selection object and the TypeText method Inserts the specified text. If the ReplaceSelection property is True, the selection is replaced by the specified text.If ReplaceSelection property is False, the specified text is inserted before the selection. For more information about ReplaceSelection Property, in the Visual Basic Editor, click Microsoft Visual Basic Help on the Help menu.

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Writing Word Macros (previously titled Learning Word Programming is the introduction to Word VBA that allows you to do these things and more, including: Create custom pop-up menus Automatically create tables from lists Append one document to the end (or beginning) of another Create a toggle switch to change a document from draft to final copy by adding or removing a watermark in the header.

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Word Macros can be created either by using the inbuilt macro recorder or by writing Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) code.Here, we will detail the steps to create a Word macro using the macro recorder, as it is relatively easier to use. The recorder can be used by anyone and it doesn’t require you to possess any knowledge on computer programming.

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In the case of a naming conflict (multiple auto macros with the same name), Word runs the auto macro stored in the closest context. For example, if you create an AutoClose macro in a document and in the attached template, only the auto macro stored in the document will execute.

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Word processing programs like Microsoft Word have the ability to run macros. Where do you find macros? You can write your own macros, but it's often easiest to find and tweak existing ones. Paul Beverley's free book, Macros for Editors contains hundreds of macros for writing and editing tasks.

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Macros for Microsoft Word are one of the best ways to boost your productivity but they're not without risk. Macros are customized recordings of custom commands and actions to be performed in Word that streamline frequently performed tasks. When recording a macro, you can either assign the macro to a keyboard shortcut combination or to a button above the ribbon.

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Recording the Macro To record a macro, select “Record Macro,” found on the Developer tab. You can give your macro any name that you’d like, as long as there are no spaces in the name. The “Store macro in” dropdown menu gives you the option to save the macro to all future Word documents or only to documents based on your template.

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Macros—the mysterium tremendum, the sanctum sanctorum of Microsoft Word. Or, hey, just a great way to automate those mind-numbing, finger-breaking tasks you’ve been doing manu-ally for so long. In the Macro Cookbook, Microsoft Word expert Jack Lyon explains how you can do that—having to without learn to program.

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So, have fun with macros. Again, you can make a macro to do anything that you can accomplish with your keyboard and mouse. Yes, it’s not limited to keystrokes. ANY Word option that you can click on with your mouse can be recorded as a macro, including such things as making Word highlight every instance of “was” in your document.

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Here are the steps: Read Improve Your Writing with Macros to learn what macros are and what they can do for your writing. (4 minutes) Read Enable Word to Run Macros to be sure the Developer tab is showing in the ribbon. (4 minutes) Watch a video to learn how to add a macro. (1 minute) Watch a video.

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