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Chapter 16. Customizing Word > Automating Your Work with Macros

Automating Your Work with Macros

Do you often redo many tasks that require the same, sometimes lengthy, series of steps? Rather than repeat the same actions, you can work faster by recording the entire series of keystrokes and commands in a custom command, or macro. A macro is a sequence of commands and entries that can be activated collectively by clicking a toolbar button, clicking a menu command, typing a key combination, or clicking the Run command in the Macros dialog box. Macros are a perfect way to speed up routine formatting, combine multiple commands, and automate complex tasks. The macro recorder archives every mouse click and keystroke you make until you stop the recorder. Any time you want to repeat that series of actions, you “play,” or run, the macro.


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