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Chapter 24. Experts and Macros > Using Macros to Automate Repetitive Tasks

Using Macros to Automate Repetitive Tasks

Think about your day-to-day activities and ask yourself how much of what you do is repetitive. You may be spending valuable time repeating the same steps over and over, not realizing that you can speed things up considerably with a macro. Hmmmm. What is a macro?

Let me use a popular analogy to try to explain. A VCR records video and sound on a videotape. You can turn the recorder on, record the video, and then turn the recorder off. The video that you recorded is there for you to access when you play the tape back. The same is true for creating a macro, except instead of recording video, you record actions taken in a document window. You turn on the Macro Recorder, record your actions, and then turn off the Macro Recorder. Whatever you do between turning the Macro Recorder on and turning it back off is recorded in a macro. The next time you need to perform that series of steps, you play the macro back and it does the work, at lightning speed. And, it does the same thing, without fail, every single time you run it.


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