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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

What Is A Macro?

You may or may not have heard of using macros in Word before, but next to text expanders, macros can be one of the most overlooked productivity tools available to us as transcriptionists, and the best part is there is no additional software to download or cost to incur.

A macro is “an action or a set of actions that you can use to automate tasks.” With the click of a button or a single keystroke, you can have Word perform some of your routine tasks quickly and easily.

Macros are written in Visual Basics for Applications programming language, but thanks to Word’s macro recorder, you can create new macros simply by performing the tasks with the recorder running.

Some examples of useful macros are:

□ Sentence spacing
□ Formatting
□ Automating find and replace
□ Changing the color or style of text

We will be posting examples and detailed instructions for each of these types of macros in the coming weeks.