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Today’s tip: Create a Macro
Category: MS Office, Problem-solving, Keyboarding
Here are basic steps for MS Word:
- Click View – Macros – Record Macros.
- Specify a name for the macro.
- Choose whether it should be a keyboard shortcut or a button.
- Once you click OK, your mouse becomes a cassette tape. Click all elements you would like to be part of your macro.
- Stop recording by clicking View – Stop Recording.
Here’s a video on how to create a macro in MS Word:
If you use Chromebooks, you can adjust what some keys do (such as the Search key can become the Caps Lock) through Settings. Additionally, there are several add-ons like iMacro that will help you create macros.
Google Apps call Macros ‘scripts’ and they’re popular. Alice Keeler has a starter-project you can find on her website.
Mac calls them ‘substitutions’. Use the System Preferences.
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Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-18 technology for 30 years. She is the editor/author of over a hundred tech ed resources including a K-12 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum. She is an adjunct professor in tech ed, Master Teacher, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice, CSTA presentation reviewer, freelance journalist on tech ed topics, contributor to NEA Today, and author of the tech thrillers, To Hunt a Sub and Twenty-four Days. You can find her resources at Structured Learning.
5 thoughts on “Tech Tip #159: Create a Macro”
Great tip. I’ve never created a macro. I can see how it would be useful. Thanks.
It was nice for students to have a macro for essay headings so they fit class requirements–name, teacher, date, etc.
I can certainly see the benefits.
It sounds complicated but isn’t. I love teaching these during coding.
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