Macros and Templates:
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explanation in words makes any activity
seem more complex than it is in
- Roy 'lemoto' Lewis (Corel C_Tech)
Downloading and Installing
Macros and Templates
For links to other resources on creating your own macros and templates, see here.
| WordPerfect 11 users - be sure to read this!
download macros or templates from this site (or any other WordPerfect site) -
¤ Where to put them,
¤ how to use them, and
¤ how to remove them.
Note: The majority of the files on this site
are found inside single, compressed archive files known as
"zip" files. [More about ZIP files]. Many other sites, such as WordPerfect Universe, often use the same technique.
- Step 1.
DOWNLOAD the desired Zip archive file by clicking the "Download"
link on the relevant page on this site. SAVE that Zip file to your Windows
desktop or any convenient folder (a/k/a "directory").
The download link is found in a box at the top of the left column on
each macro's download page. For links to various download pages, see
the Library. (Some download links -- usually for individual or minor macros -- are found elsewhere on the web page.)
¤ For more on files and folders see Windows
XP or Windows
Vista or Windows
- Step 2.
EXTRACT the file or
files inside the Zip archive. This step
is also known as uncompressing or unzipping the archive.
¤ You must extract macros and templates from the Zip archive. You cannot run them from inside the archive or by just clicking on the archive's name.
¤ Typically you should extract the archive's contents to the same folder as the Zip file.
¤ In Windows XP, for example, just
double-clicking the zip file will open an Explorer screen where you can
choose "Extract all files." The process is similar for Windows Vista
and Windows 7.
¤ You can also perform extraction (and more) with a
separate program such as WinZip
(now owned by Corel), PKZip, or
the free program FreeZip.
[More about ZIP files]
- Step 3.
COPY OR MOVE the extracted
file(s) where WordPerfect can find
PLEASE BE SURE TO READ THE INFORMATION BELOW.
¤ How to do it? You can copy or move the extracted files with Windows Explorer (in the Start, All
Programs, Accessories group), or My Computer (just "Computer" in Vista
and Windows 7), or with any other file manager program. Use the Windows
help feature on the Windows Start menu and search for "Working with
files and folders" to learn how to use Windows Explorer or My Computer.
¤ Copy or move?
The choice is yours, but moving the files to the folders described
below might be best since in that case you will not have duplicate
files on your system, which might cause confusion later.
¤ What exactly are those files?
- Macros have a special filename
- Templates use the filename extension .wpt.
- Some download ZIP files also contain ordinary documents (.wpd or .txt)
which can be left on the Windows desktop (or wherever you downloaded
them) or moved to any convenient folder, such as your Documents folder. Be sure to read them since they often contain "how to" instructions.
¤ Macro files (.wcm) and any associated
helper files should be copied or moved to either your Default macros folder or your Supplemental macros folder. (Most users use the Default
To locate your own folders for these items:
WordPerfect and click Tools, Settings, Files, Merge/Macro tab.
¤ Template files (.wpt) can be copied or moved to
your Default template folder.
To locate your own folder for these items:
WordPerfect and click Tools, Settings, Files, Template tab.
¤ No special installation is required beyond placing the macro or template where WordPerfect can find it.
For some of the macros on this site you might need to make some small
changes to a macro's configuration. See the "Instructions" section
below before playing a macro for the first time.
- Step 4.
¤ First: Be
sure to read any instructions that come with the macro (also see "Instructions" below) or that are posted on
the download page.
¤ Play the macro. To play a macro once
it is moved to one of the folders described above, you simply use Tools,
Macro, Play or use the keyboard shortcut, Alt+F10. Select the name
of the macro and click Play.
¤ To make it even easier to play you can
assign it to a menu, toolbar, or keystroke combination. See this page for how to do this.
¤ Load a new document based on the template with File, New From
Project (or just New in WordPerfect 8). For
more information on the default template or creating more custom
templates, see here.
- Step 5. OPTIONAL:
To remove a downloaded macro or template from your computer:
First, be sure to close WordPerfect. Then use
Windows Explorer or My Computer (or Computer in Windows Vista or
Windows 7) to navigate to the directory/folder where the macro or
template was placed (Step 3 above). Since a macro doesn't (and can't)
do anything until you play it (or set up WordPerfect to automatically
play it), and since it takes up very little disk space, you can leave
it on your computer in case you might need it again.
- Most macros contain code that is
extensively annotated so you can learn how
to create your own if you are so inclined. (You can also modify
them to "tailor" them.) In fact, that was the original purpose of this
- For links to other resources on creating your own macros and templates, see here.
- Some files provided here are in Adobe
Acrobat format (.PDF), which requires the
free Adobe Acrobat
Reader, the full retail Adobe program, or a file viewer that can
read Portable Document Format (.PDF) files. You may already have one of
these on your computer, but if not, click here
to download the popular (and free) Acrobat Reader software directly
- See also this site's Disclaimer, Distribution of Materials, and
and Documentation for Macros
macros on this site come with instructions or other documentation
These items are either in the
form of a separate text document accompanying the macro, or in the form
of programmer's remarks (i.e., lines preceded by "//" marks) or inside
text boxes at the top of the macro code itself. [For a short
explanation of these "commenting" methods and how you can use them
yourself, see "How
to put instructions or comments inside a macro"]
- Macros are just a special type of
WordPerfect document (a macro's filename
ends with .wcm). They contain commands that WordPerfect should
carry out. Just open the document like any other (with File,
Open, or -- once you have moved the macro into your Macros folder --
you can use Tools, Macro, Edit) and read the comments and
instructions at the top. When
you are finished, you can close the macro.
- Most of the macros here have
information or instructions at the top of the main macro code. There
may also be a redlined section in the macro's code that users can modify,
something usually called the "User Modification Area." Follow the
instructions there to modify various macro defaults, such as initial
menu choices or initial values for the macro to use when it processes
- If you have done nothing to the macro, you can close it
without saving it (to insure against accidental modifications) with
- If you have made modifications to the macro that might have been requested in the
instructions, you should save them with the Save & Compile button
that is on the Macro toolbar, which should be displayed above the body
text area. (If it is not, you can use File, Save.)
- Some instructions tell
you how to create needed files, etc., or explain the conditions under
which the macro will -- or won't -- work. You cannot always assume that
you can play the macro "out of the box" without reading the
- Know your "build" number: Look in WordPerfect's Help menu, and click
"About WordPerfect". You will see a four-digit number like 184.108.40.2060.
The first part of the number is the major version number; the last part
is the minor version number, or specific build.
- WordPerfect 11: If your build is 220.127.116.11, you
have the first release of WP11, and it had a serious bug in it that
will affect many of your macros -- even some of those shipped by Corel
and used by the program, as well as many that are included as part of a
WordPerfect Project. See here for more information about how to fix this problem.
- WordPerfect 10 and
later versions: - Should you enable the "Use WordPerfect 9 text selection"
setting in WordPerfect 10+? Here's
a discussion of the issues and potential problems, and some macro
- WordPerfect 9 and
later versions: Are you
getting an error message when you play an older macro in WordPerfect 9 (i.e., 18.104.22.1683, a/k/a Service Pack 4) or a
later version of WordPerfect? If
you play a macro that uses an "obsolete" (but probably still valid)
command, WordPerfect will attempt to recompile the macro. You may get a
PerfectScript Compiler warning at that point, beginning with the words
"A 'Warning' was detected..." followed by a description and location of
the problem. This most likely is a harmless warning, and was instituted
in WP9 service pack 4. According to J Dan Broadhead, developer of
PerfectScript: "These are warnings only. Many commands in the macro
system have been improved since version 7. The old formats of these
commands are still accepted, but version 9 SP4 will remind you when
using these old features. These are "warnings" only, and not "errors".
You can ignore these by clicking on "Continue [compilation]", and
everything will be fine. And you won't see these messages ever again
unless the macro gets changed."
Feel free to modify my
macros to suit your needs
But please don't distribute
my macros in modified form or charge anything for them, or post them
without my explicit permission, since this violates my copyright and
sometimes gives me a big headache. Just tell your friends about this
web site. Thanks.
For help with modifying macros see Instructions above.
If you are NOT using a U.S.
version of WordPerfect, you might need to change the language code
parameter in the first macro code line of some macros here or elsewhere
(i.e., the "Application..." line) from "US" (used in WP6/7) or "EN"
(used in WP8/9) to your language code, then Save & Compile the
I have re-compiled these macros using a generic Application
command (i.e., one without a language code parameter at the end of the
command line), which works for most users and should solve the problem
of having to modify the macro in this way.
However, if you have
more than one language version of WordPerfect on your computer, you may
need to modify the Application command in my macros according to the
instructions in the macro.
[NOTE: As some have found, deleting the
Application line entirely from a macro generally produces no ill
effects unless you try to compile it directly using the PerfectScript
utility, or try to access an older macro that doesn't have this command
by double-clicking its name from Windows. Hence, it probably is best to
leave the Application command in your macros, using the appropriate
language code parameter.]
| Support for you (and me)
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. . . and I will appreciate hearing form you if you are having a
problem or you have a suggestion. Many of my macros had their genesis
in user suggestions. However, I am no longer able to provide
support for any of my WP6, WP7, WP8, or WP9 macros. (It's time
to move on.) To contact me by e-mail, use my Contact
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