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Hour 12. Handy Editing Techniques > Automating Tasks with Macros

Automating Tasks with Macros

The term macro refers to a piece of programming code that accomplishes a particular task in Word. (Word macros were formerly written in WordBasic, but starting with Word 97 they have been written in Visual Basic for Applications.) Back when word processing programs were truly designed to help you process words and not much more, macros were well worth learning about. Now, however, Word has expanded to include many features that perform tasks we once used macros for. For example, macros were once useful for inserting large blocks of “boilerplate” text, but we now can use the AutoText feature to accomplish this task. Furthermore, to create complex macros, you need to understand a fair amount about programming in general and Visual Basic in particular.

Nonetheless, there are two aspects of working with macros that you might want to understand:


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