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Chapter 9. Barking Out Commands > Automated Computing with Macros - Pg. 91

Barking Out Commands 91 Techno Talk A macro records a series of keystrokes or menu selections and enables you to play them back with a single selection or keystroke. Most programs have a macro feature that can record your actions or keystrokes for you. You enter the command to record a macro and then perform the task as you normally would. When you finish, enter the command to stop recording. The program then asks you to name the macro and assign it to a keystroke. To play back the macro, you select it from a macro list or press the unique keystroke you assigned to it. Many programs even let you create buttons for your macros. Of course, I can't tell you how to create macros here because the procedure differs from program to program. Use the index in your program's help system to find instructions for creating and playing macros. If your program has a Tools menu, you usually can find the macro commands on that menu. The Least You Need to Know · To enter a command in most programs, open the appropriate menu on the menu bar and click the desired command. · From the mere appearance of a menu item, you often can predict what will happen before you select it. · Once you locate the toolbar in your favorite program, you can display a ScreenTip for each button in the bar by pointing to it with the mouse. · Most programs display shortcut key combinations for entering commands right next to the menu command. This is a great way to learn how to enter commands quickly. · You can right-click different objects on the Windows desktop to view context menus. · You can create a macro in most programs to activate a command you use often.