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Downloading and Installing
Macros and Templates
WordPerfect 11 users - be sure to read this!
download macros or templates, where to put them, how to use them,
and how to remove them
The majority of the files on this site
are found inside single, compressed archive files known
as "zip" files. [More about ZIP files]
- Step 1. Download the desired Zip archive file by clicking the "Download"
link on the relevant page on this site, saving it to your Windows
desktop or any convenient folder (a/k/a "directory").
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 file. This step is
also known as uncompressing or unzipping the archive.
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 do this (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. Move the extracted file(s).
The file(s) must be placed where WordPerfect can find
them. SEE NEXT PARAGRAPHS BELOW. [Tip:
You can move the 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.]
Macros have a special filename extension,
.wcm. Templates use the filename extension .wpt. Some download ZIP files also contain ordinary documents
(.wpd) which can be left on the Windows desktop (or wherever
you downloaded them) or moved to any convenient folder, such
as your Documents folder.
Macro files (.wcm) and any associated files
should be moved to either your Default
macros folder or your Supplemental macros folder. (Most users use the Default macros folder.)
To locate your own folders for these items, open WordPerfect
and click Tools, Settings, Files, Merge/Macro.
Template files (.wpt) can be moved to your
Default template folder. To locate your own folder for these items, open
WordPerfect and click Tools, Settings, Files, Template.
special installation is required beyond placing the macro or
template where WordPerfect can find it. However, 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.
sure to read any instructions that come with the macro (also
see "Instructions" below) or that are posted on
the download page.
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.
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
- 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 site.
- 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,
Instructions 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 the document.
- If you have done nothing to the macro, you can close
it without saving it (to insure against accidental modifications)
with File, Close.
- 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 instructions first.
- Know your "build"
number: Look in WordPerfect's
Help menu, and click "About WordPerfect". You will
see a four-digit number like 188.8.131.520. 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 184.108.40.206,
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., 220.127.116.113, 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.
- 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 macro. 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
Support for you (and
I am always interested in fixing any of my
macros 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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