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21.3. Starter Scripts

Here are a few short scripts to get you going, with some explanations to follow each. You can copy them straight from the "Missing CD" page at www.missingmanuals.com and paste them into Script Editor, or you can type them yourself, being careful to get all the spelling correct. Click the Compile button in Script Editor to ensure you've made no errors in typing. If styled formatting suddenly appears, you've done it right. If you get an error, fix the line in which the highlighted word appears (often it's the word preceding the highlighted one that's the problem). You can test the scripts from Script Editor if you wish, as long as you have Entourage or Word set up to go (for example, a new message window in Entourage, a document with extra carriage returns in Word).

Save the Entourage and Word scripts as a script. (When you choose File Save in Script Editor, that's what usually appears for the file format.) Save the Entourage scripts to the Entourage Script Menu Items folder as described earlier—you'll find them in Entourage's Script menu. Save the Word script either to your Home Library Scripts folder or to your hard drive's Library Scripts folder, also described earlier, so it will appear in the Mac's Script menu. Run your scripts from the appropriate Script menu by selecting the name there. As for the Excel script, save it as an application; choose Application from the File Format pop-up menu when saving.


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