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Ron Hirsch

Downloading, Documentation, Modifications, and Support

Other macros by Ron

WordPerfect 11 users: See important information here about using macros and some templates in the first release of WP11 (

Note: Ron Hirsch has graciously contributed these macros.
Replace Codes - Plus has been modified by Barry MacDonnell with Ron's permission. If you have problems or suggestions, you can contact Ron at his new e-mail address (as of April 2007): ronhirsch1439 @ comcast.net (remove spaces).

Download REPLACE.ZIP (11/10/16; 54,755 bytes).

Contains 3 macros:

•  Replace Codes - Plus.wcm (v1.03)(Updated 11/10/16) for WordPerfect versions 9 and later versions (optionally processes WordPerfect styles)
•  Replace Codes - Plus.wcm (V1.01) for WordPerfect versions 8-12 (does NOT process WordPerfect styles)
•  Replace font size via menu.wcm (see below)


Replace Codes - Plus.wcm is a macro that can change, augment (i.e., add to) or remove font attributes such as -

  • bold
  • italics
  • underline
  • double underline
  • highlighting
  • strikeout
  • shadow
  • small caps
  • redline

"This macro allows the user to modify the font attribute codes of bold, italic, underline, double underline, strikeout, shadow, small caps, redline ... and also add, replace, or remove highlighting in a document. Codes can be turned off, added to, or deleted. While it is possible to do code deletions via WP's search and replace feature, changing codes in a large document can be a long and arduous task without the use of a macro to do the work."
[-Ron Hirsch]

For example:

  You can change all underlines to italics (or vice versa), or all bold words to bold underlined redlined words, or add highlighting to all (or some) words to which an attribute was already applied. (For strikeout and Redline, see the related tip below.)

  (Version 1.02:) You can replace (for example) bold attributes with a custom Character style, to make it easier to change the style's attributes later throughout the document by changing any one instance of the style. (For more on styles, see here.)

  You can (optionally) delete the text between the chosen codes (useful for removing "draft" text or other annotations).

[But see the caution below, which describes accidentally deleting other codes -- such as bookmarks -- that might exist between the paired format codes above. It applies to any global simultaneous removal of paired formatting codes and text.]

See the sample screen shot of the menu. Options allow you to -

•  start at the top of the document or the current cursor location;

pause and prompt for each change;

work inside headers, footers, footnotes, and endnotes; and/or

delete both the chosen item's codes and the text between them.


☼  Codes located inside styles, text variables, or delay codes cannot be replaced/augmented with this macro or even with WordPerfect's Edit, Find and Replace. This is a design limitation of WordPerfect (at least in recent versions): Searches (manual or macro) cannot see inside code "containers".

- See the tip about File, Document, Remove Markings under the Strikeout and Redline section below.

General solutions:
- You can edit the [Style] or [Delay] code by double-clicking on the code in Reveal Codes, then remove the specific codes.
- Alternatively, you can replace styles that contain unwanted codes with a different style (or just remove the styles) using a macro such as ReplStyl.
- Or you can (e.g.) remove the styles but leave their included format codes behind with Format, Styles, <choose the style>, Options, Delete, "Leave formatting codes in document," OK.

☼  New in version 1.02 (for WP9 and later versions only) is the ability to apply a style to replace an existing format attribute. For example, you could replace highlighted text with a custom style (that may also contain highlighting).

Since a style can contain more than one format attribute -- a style is like a container of several formatting codes and/or text -- this may be useful under a variety of circumstances. Plus, once you apply a style, it is easy to change the "look" of the style wherever it appears by simply changing one instance of that style.

If you later need to replace the new style with another style, you can use the REPLSTYL macro. (REPLSTYL can also remove a style.) You can also include codes in a style to mark the style (thus, any instance of it in the document) for inclusion in a Table of Contents.

When applying styles to replace format attributes:

The style you want to use must exist in the current document. When asked, be sure to enter the name EXACTLY as it appears in the document's Style List (on the text property bar, or shown in Format, Styles).

Styles can be either Paragraph or Character. However, Paragraph styles will affect the entire paragraph to which they are applied, which may or may not be what you want. (They should work well if the original formatted selection was also a paragraph.)

Character styles will affect only text bracketed by the pair of format codes that you chose from the main menu's left group, and probably are the most useful.

Note that Document ("open") styles will not work properly in this macro since they have no ending codes; therefore, use only Paragraph or Character styles.

If you enable the "Stop at each item..." option on the dialog that appears when you choose to appply a style (or if you choose the 'Prompt...' option from the main menu) you will see the effects of applying the style to a particular item; if you don't like the result, you can Quit at that point. Any changes can be undone with Edit, Undo.

☼  Applying highlighting

WordPerfect X4+ users (Update: July 2008): If you use Tools, Redaction during draft document creation, Redaction codes ([Redact:Mark]) will be inserted in the document. These appear to act like (gray) highlighting and they might be removed if highlighting is applied, or if [Highlight] codes are removed globally. Be careful when applying (or removing) highlighting in such a document. You don't want to accidentally remove "markers" for text that should be redacted. It is better to convert the document to a redacted version first. For more information about this issue and some macro code snippets, see this PDF document.

The default highlight color (bright yellow) used by the macro when adding highlighting is coded into the macro at about line 36 with the command, HighlightColor (Red: 255; Green: 255; Blue: 0; Shade: 100). If you remove or comment out this command ("//"), you'll be able to preselect any highlight color before playing the macro. In the same vein, you can set some other default color for the macro to use by changing the command's parameters (color values can be 0-255; shade values are 0-100).

Tip: To replace one highlight color with another wherever it occurs, simply play the macro and replace all existing highlighting in the document with something you aren't using in that document, such as the Shadow font attribute. Then set the new highlight color on the toolbar and play the macro again, replacing all Shadow attributes with highlighting. Or, you could use HILITERC (included in HILITE.ZIP) to change the color of existing highlighting in a document.

☼  To change attribute codes to text markers, see CODE2TXT, a macro that changes text surrounded by attribute codes (e.g., [Bold On][Bold Off]) to text surrounded by user-defined text markers (e.g., <B></B>), such as HTML tags, Folio markup codes, Ventura codes, etc.

☼  Strikeout and redline font attributes are paired format codes (an "On" code and an "Off" code), applied from the WordPerfect Format/Font menu or from the Text property bar. They are not the same thing as deletions and insertions that are created with File/Document/Review even though they may look the same on screen. The Review feature's deletions and insertions are produced by special codes that work differently from ordinary strikeout and redline attributes; hence they are not processed by this macro.

Related tip: You can use File, Document, Remove Markings to [A] remove redline codes, along with both Strikeout codes and the text to which strikeout was applied; or [B] remove only strike out codes and the text to which they were applied.

Be aware that when using these methods to remove strikeout text they also remove any other codes -- including bookmarks -- that might exist in the strikeout text (i.e., between the pair of StkOut codes), so use this method with caution, or inspect these items in Reveal Codes before manually removing them.

Note 1: These are the first two choices on that dialog; the other two choices relate to the Compare/Review feature.

Note 2: Using that dialog's choices to remove text can leave spaces behind in the text's location. (The DeSpacer macro can remove extra spaces later.) Thus, you might prefer using the Replace Codes macro and enable the option to "Delete the chosen attribute and all its formatted text." [However, the same caution above about removing other codes applies.]

Note 3:
Exactly when this dialog was first included with WordPerfect is unknown to this author.

☼  Apply format attributes to specific words throughout the document in one pass: For macros that can find specific words/phrases anywhere they appear in the document and add a font attribute (e.g., italics) to all of them, see the footnotes here.

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Replace Font Size via menu.wcm (v1.01; 04/13/06) (part of Replace.zip above)

This macro has two basic operations:

(1) It changes one font size to another size, or
(2) it removes the specified font size throughout the document.

Note that #1 works on paired [Font Size] codes, not on codes that may be part of (i.e., embedded in) the document's initial style (or other style) or in the default template.

Note: Paired font size codes are applied whenever you select some text and change the font for that selection to a new font size (that is not the default size in the document template).

New in version 1.01: You can specify decimal sizes (e.g., 11.5). Just type the decimal size directly into the appropriate menu field(s).

Tip: To replace multiple instances of one font type (e.g., Times New Roman) with another font type (e.g., Arial):

[From Jan Berinstein on WordPerfect Universe, 02/27/04:]

With the cursor at the very top of the document, invoke Find and Replace. Click the "Type" menu at the top of the F&R dialog box, then click "Specific Codes." In the sub-dialog that appears, click "Font," then "OK." You should be able to use pull-down menus to instruct WP to replace [the first font] with [the second font], and then click "Replace All." Be sure to repeat the process at least once, since I've found that it sometimes misses a few instances on the first pass.

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AUTORUN2.ZIP - (05/30/03; 4,987 bytes) - AutoRun2 is a macro that offers a FILE>OPEN window and plays some user-specified macro code automatically when a document is opened. See the instructions at the top of the macro code.

CLEANUP.ZIP - Contains a macro to clean up e-mail messages copied into WordPerfect. The macro removes hard returns within paragraphs (so that they will wrap properly), line breaks, extra spaces, ">" and "<" symbols, etc. See the comments at the top of the macro's code. Uploaded 11/1/99; 4,083 bytes. See also FixMsgs in the Library, which offers similar capabilities.

FORMFILL.ZIP - A macro to facilitate filling in preprinted (paper) forms using WP and your printer. Useful if you need to fill in the same form many times. See also "Filling in forms using WordPerfect". Uploaded 9/1/02; 30,934 bytes. (Works in WP10.0.0.719 - Ed.)

GREENBAR.ZIP - Contains a WP 8+ macro that formats tables to mimic 3-row "green bar" fanfold paper using gray table cell fills that alternate every 3 rows with no fills. Uploaded 2/16/00; 7,711 bytes. See also RowLines in the Library.

GRIDS.ZIP - A macro that generates various watermark grid designs in a watermark. Great for quickly printing sheets of graph paper as well as setting up a grid under body text. The user can set up whatever grid sizes and rows/columns that are desired; lines and fill areas can have colors selected by the user. Uploaded 10/27/00; 10,134 bytes.

MACROTIP.ZIP - Macro Tips and Tricks. A short WP document to help beginners write their own macros. Uploaded 2/21/00; 8,107 bytes.

MACROS_2.ZIP - More Macro Tips and Tricks. Contains 4 files, a WPD and 3 WP8/9 macros. According to the author, "These files are the basis for a learning experience in WP for macros and dialog boxes. The 5-page document details the exact procedure for recording a simple macro. It then provides the steps necessary to construct a dialog box in that macro. Each step of the way is clearly presented, with commentary where applicable. The three macro files are stages in the construction of the final macro which is the third macro file. This final macro is complete, with numerous notes, and commentary contained within the body of the macro." Uploaded 2/25/00; 22,289 bytes.

SPECPAPR.ZIP - "Special Paper Sizes" (Rev 5d) - A WordPerfect 8/9 macro by Ron Hirsch that fools WP and your printer into accepting any paper size. Cures problems with some printers that can't properly print special size pages. Uploaded 12/11/01; 20,547 bytes. Not tested under WP10 but should work in that version.


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6-12 (but most should work in later versions)

John Land

Note: These macros are in the public domain and are not supported by the Toolbox for Wordperfect.

Over 160 WordPerfect for Windows macros in a ZIP archive file. Documentation included.

JLMACS80.ZIP (963,987 bytes) - For WordPerfect 8 - but many (if not most) will work with WordPerfect 9+. Originally published on CompuServe. Dedicated to the public domain by John Land, Esq. Thanks, John!

Note - If you aren't sure if these macros are for you, you can download the JLMACRO.WPD document or read it here online.


  • One of the most useful macros in John's collection is #WATERMK.WCM, which
    • "inserts a stamp vertically in the left margin [or any of 8 other locations] using Watermark B. Includes DRAFT, REDLINE, RESPONSE REQUIRED, RESPONSE OPTIONAL, INFORMATIONAL ONLY, CONFIDENTIAL, COPY, SECOND COPY, and SAMPLE, you can also specify your own, including point size and gray shade. The general position on the page and rotation (in 90 degree increments) can be specified." [See screen shot.]
    • Tip: Once the watermark stamp is created it can be edited by double-clicking the [Watermark] code in Reveal Codes, then double-clicking on the [Box] code that contains the stamp. You could add a date or other information to the stamp.
    • See also DocStamp.zip here.
  • Another good example of John's work is #FIX.WCM (FIX TEXT PROBLEMS):
    • Fix line endings by removing occurrences of extra spaces before or after a carriage return codes, page codes, table cells, etc., and fix the endings of footnotes and endnotes to delete unwanted spaces, HRt codes, tabs, and indents.
    • Delete excess HRt codes to at most 2 in sequence. [See also DelExtraHR.wcm included in DelCodes.zip.]
    • Change single HRt codes to spaces (useful for cleaning up imported ASCII text files); leaves alone a sequence of HRt codes separating paragraphs [See also LineWrap.wcm here.]
    • Change typewriter "quotes" to "fancy" printers quotes (a/k/a typographical quotes). [See also ConvertQuoteMarks.wcm included in QC.zip.]
    • Deletes "empty" attribute pairs in a document (e.g., [UND][und], with no printable characters in between). [See also DelPairs.wcm included in DelCodes.zip.]
    • Convert paired hyphens to a single printers em dash or en dash, or a hyphen character to a hyphen, or a "[space] hyphen [space]" to an en dash. The macro inserts an "invisible soft return" before and after each em dash, and after (not before) each en dash, so that words divided by dashes can break at the end of a line. [See also Dashes.zip.]
    • Converts double spaces to single spaces. [See also DeSpacer.wcm here.
    • Delete extra spaces in a document to at most 2 in sequence. [See also DeSpacer.wcm here.
    • Convert spaces to left tabs or left indents (you can select the minimum number of spaces to search; the default is 3).
    • Convert left tabs to left indents.
  • #PAR2TXT.WCM converts WordPerfect's outline paragraph numbers (those created with Insert, Outline/Bullets & Numbering...) to ordinary text numbers. NOTE: For WordPerfect 8 and later, download PAR2TXT.ZIP here (7,101 bytes) which contains a slightly modified version of the macro that has been tweaked to run under WP8+. But also note that the macro will convert other paragraph styles (e.g., Heading 2) to ordinary body text. [For a simple manual alternative see here.]
  • #PARCONV.WCM - does the opposite:
    • "Searches and replaces text paragraph numbers (e.g., 1.1, 1.11, 1(c), etc.) and replaces them with automatic paragraph numbering codes. Useful for converting a document keyed in with fixed character paragraph numbers. Position dependent and independent paragraph codes can be selected.
    • Note that ANY paragraph beginning with a 1-6 character "word" AND having a ( or ) or . within the word is considered to be a paragraph number. Thus, a paragraph BEGINNING with "U.S.A." WILL have the "U.S.A." converted into a paragraph code. Accordingly, this macro normally should be used in prompted mode.
    • Can also be used to add paragraph numbers to existing "plain" text that has no text paragraph numbers; this forces prompted mode."
    • IMPORTANT: You probably will want to edit the macro as follows:
      • Change the Application line to Application (A1; "WordPerfect"; Default!)
      • Comment out ("//") all the Display() commands -- there are eight of them -- except the Display(On!) command that immediately follows DialogShow ("menu";"WordPerfect"). There should be a Display(On!) command active at that point (but not a Display(Off!)). Crude editing, but effective.
      • The macro defaults to numbering paragraphs with the standard "Numbers" outline style, but this can be changed in the vLevel[] array at the end of the macro code.
  • For macro writers: John's _CODES.WCM macro shows codes and numerical character values of the item to the left and right of the cursor. You can move the cursor and the display is automatically refreshed, allowing you to see multiple codes while the macro is running. For WordPerfect 8 and later versions.


  • A slightly modified version of _CODES.WCM, renamed ShowCodes.wcm, can be found in the CODECHAR.ZIP file by Lindsay Rollo (see below). It now shows the actual character to the left and right of the cursor.
  • NUMCONV.ZIP (8/8/00; 28,551 bytes) - Need to change numbers or dollar amounts to words? Here are two slightly modified versions of John Land's ^numcnvt.wcm macro to convert numbers (123, $123.45, 12%) to words ("One Hundred Twenty-three..." etc.). The "S" (short) version leaves off the trailing parentheses that enclose the original numerals.

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Roy ("lemoto") Lewis

Corel C_Tech

DOFOLDER.ZIP - "In a Dialog you select a folder; in a second Dialog you choose a macro. Then DoFolder runs that macro on each file in the folder."
Many other macros
and other items by Roy Lewis are directly downloadable from his web site at http://www.lemoto.org.uk/corel/mcMenFl.htm and http://www.lemoto.org.uk/corel/mcKyBd.htm.

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Gordon McComb

See Gordon's page of free macros here.


COUNTER8.ZIP for WP7, WP8, WP9, and later. (16Kb)
COUNTER6.ZIP for WP61 (Windows 3.1) (16Kb)

[These two files can be found on Gordon McComb's web site at http://www.gmccomb.com/vault/ under the names "Counter for WPWin 7/8" and "Counter for WPWin 6.1". They were renamed here to avoid conflicts with the author's own COUNTER.ZIP and to allow storing them in the same download folder.]


"Counter is a generic counter system for WordPerfect for Windows. It keeps track of one or more counters in documents; the counters are for automatically incrementing numbers, such as invoice numbers, order numbers, and customer numbers. Can be used with any document or template. Counters are configured by editing a simple text file; there is no need to alter the macro engine. Distributed free, and comes with documentation. For use with WPWin 7 and 8 (Windows 95); not for use with WPWin 6.x or WPWin 7 for Windows 3.1."

NOTE 1: COUNTER8.ZIP is also bundled inside Barry MacDonnell's INVOICE.ZIP. Barry's Invoice.wcm macro can (optionally) use Gordon's Counter.wcm to create an automatically incrementing invloice number at the time the invoice is generated by the macro. Invoice.wcm with Counter.wcm work together very well under Windows XP and WP9.

NOTE 2: If you use WP6.1, use COUNTER6.ZIP instead of COUNTER8.ZIP.

Other macros by Gordon McComb, including some that create calendars and menus, can be downloaded from http://www.gmccomb.com/vault/.

(No support or warranty is offered for these two macros.)

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Lindsay Rollo

•  INDEXING.ZIP (08/24/08; 296,876 bytes) - Includes three macros and a PDF document (Indexes and Indexing.pdf) which outlines an approach to creating indexes; identifies alternative methods of selecting and marking index entries; demonstrates a technique for creating multiple indexes to any document; lists macros designed to assist indexing; and provides an example of a suitable index format.

•  Creating Custom Keyboards.pdf (08/07/08; PDF file, 597,521 bytes) - The document outlines the advantages of personal or project keyboards, and illustrates how to assign features, text, programs, and macros to keyboards and templates. It includes a method of recording the assignments. [See also Assigning a macro, feature, program, or string of keystrokes to a key or key combination (i.e., a "shortcut" or "hot key").] 

(12/30/05; 35,631 bytes) - This package comprises four macros and an explanatory document. It was developed to process translated documents but may also be used with English third party documents. Co-incidentally the macros can provide items for inclusion in indexes, and glossaries.

◦  MisSpelt.wcm captures as a list all text entries identified by the
Spell Checker as 'mis-spelt' or not already added to a custom

◦  CleanUp.wcm removes punctuation and other characters and some codes from lists, sorts the list and deletes duplicate entries. Additional or alternative characters and codes can be easily added.

◦  ExtractLC.wcm separates into two documents list entries with an
initial upper case or lower case character.

◦  Hyphen_Dash.wcm substitutes the WP CharSet value 4,33 [-] for a hyphen.

•  CODECHAR.ZIP (11/23/04; 123,924 bytes) - Finding and Using Codes and Characters in WordPerfect Macros

Knowing which character or code precedes or follows the cursor may be an important factor in making a macro work successfully. This included WordPerfect document assembles information about using the system variables ?Left/?RightCode :: ?Left/?RightChar to find codes and characters in WordPerfect macros.

Some macro tips and code fragments are included, together with guides to additional resources and other details that affect the use of variables and commands.

A macro (ShowCodes.wcm) that displays code values adjacent to the cursor is also included.

•  SPACES2TAB.ZIP (8/22/04; 4,702 bytes) - Searches for and deletes all occurrences of multiple spaces and substitutes a LeftTab code. Particularly useful when tabular material converted from other programs use multiple spaces to preserve visual appearance of the original document or table. Can be easily modified to substitute a single space or other character or code in documents. 

•  PGLNNO.ZIP (07/18/04; 22,690 bytes) - "Page-Line-Number" - A macro written by New Zealand author Lindsay Rollo that finds a specified character string in a document and records in a second document the page number, line number, and type and location of each string's occurrence. [See also PageLine in the main Library, which can produce a complete page- and line number Index.]

•  SPACES.ZIP (98,375 bytes) - WordPerfect users who produce self-published documents, prepare them as camera-ready copy, or who generate PDF files will appreciate this archive file. It includes a free font, space.ttf, to produce typographical hard spaces, which improve readability in headings, measurements, etc.

WPWIN does not provide for typographic spaces - that is, fixed spaces of various widths that are proportional of the base font size. At least three typographic spaces are usually available in dedicated DTP programs.

This archive file includes a TrueType font for creating typographic spaces [licensed for personal use], and explanatory notes and examples about the uses for typographic spaces in general documents of all types and particularly for compliance with ISO standards and academic publishing standards in scientific, technical and professional journals, reports and publications. The notes are in PDF format, and include a macro example for WordPerfect.

Incluided in the above ZIP file is a separate zrchive file, SPACERS.ZIP, which contains six macros. These macros can be assigned to keystrokes such as Alt+1, Alt+2, etc., to automate the insertion of typographical spaces. 

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Charles Rossiter

Corel C_Tech

Download archive of Charles's macros:

ALLROSSITERMACROS.ZIP (253,057 bytes; 1 May 08)  - Macros by Charles Rossiter - The archive contains a WPD document and these macros:

•  AppBarMsg.wcm - (WP9+) To display messages at the bottom right of the screen:

Page X of Y
Word count
Character count
User-defined message

CharCount.wcm (WP9+) - To provide word, character and white space counts for main text, footnotes, endnotes, headers/footers, text boxes and comments separately. May be applied to whole document or to selected text. The results may be written to the clipboard and so be pasted into the current or a new document.

Tip: For those who need an exact number of characters per line, here is an easy technique from Charles posted on WordPerfect Universe (and a downloadable style for those who want a finished product) that can produce (e.g.) 63 characters per line. Note that this requires a monospace font such as Courier New.

•  CleanSave.wcm - To save a file with a refreshed internal header, with old metadata removed.

Saves the file with original date and time (optional).
Saves with the original document summary (optional).
Saves with a backup file (optional).
Saves with default font settings and language settings.

•  ConvertCaseInitialCaps.wcm (For WP10 and later versions) - To workaround a bug in WPWin10 [and later?], which causes the WPWin command Convert Case Initial Capitals to fail, if the Tools, Settings, Convert option "Do not use printer metrics" has been selected and written to the default template. The macro could be attached to the Edit, Convert menu.

[UPDATE: This WordPerfect bug seems to have been fixed in a later version of WordPerfect, since it doesn't now exist in (at least) WPX7. For a more flexible macro (i.e., more options) that was not designed as a fix for the problem, see Convert Case.wcm on the Toolbox site here.]

•  Delete Current File.wcm (NOT for WP8 - but see Shredder.wcm in the main Library) - To delete the file currently on-screen.

FloatingCellToolbar.wcm - Toggle the TableFormulaCellBar on/off for Floating Cells.

•  Julian.wcm - To calculate Julian dates, and numbers of days between 2 dates.

•  Margins Set.wcm (Not needed for WPWin8, but functions correctly) - To set margins for pages and labels. Correction for bug in WPWin9 and later. [See Footnote 1 below.]

•  NewSave.wcm - To save a file with a refreshed internal header. As CleanSave.wcm, but without the options.

•  QWManage.wcm - Manage QuickWords.

A. Create a 2 column table listing all QuickWords Abbreviations and their Expansions defined in the current, default and supplemental templates.

B. Restore QuickWords and their expansions from the output of option A created in a table with 2 columns of Abbreviations and Expansions.

•  Reverse Case.wcm - To reverse the case of selected text.

•  SMR.wcm - Macro for calculating the 95% confidence intervals for a Standardized Mortality Ratio, given the values of at least 2 of SMR, observed deaths, expected deaths.

•  SearchCodes.wcm - Dialog for displaying common codes to be searched for, and for deleting or replacing these codes from a document.

•  Style List.wcm - Creates a list of all document and outline styles in the default template.

•  TableAttributesRemove.wcm - Removes Table and Table Cell attributes; leaves table text attributes unchanged.

•  TextOpen_Save.wcm (WP9+) - To provide all options available for opening and saving Ansi/Ascii files.

•  WordCount.wcm (WP9+) - To provide word counts for main text, footnotes, endnotes, headers/footers, text boxes and comments separately. May be applied to whole document or to selected text. The results may be written to the clipboard and so be pasted into the current or a new document.

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Jim Shackleford

Need to insert identical text in several locations that you can change easily and quickly? Here's a macro for WordPerfect 9/10+ to do it (for other WP versions, or to use a Style as an alternative, see below):

FAUXVAR9.ZIP (16,867 bytes) - A WordPerfect 9/10 macro that mimics WP10's new document variables feature. As Jim's overview states:

"WordPerfect 10, part of Corel WordPerfect Office 2002, introduced a new feature – document variables. Document variables allow a user to create, save, and retrieve variables which can be placed into a document. This allows the user to simply change the value of the variable in one place and have those changes reflected throughout the document." [Ed.- This includes variables inside headers, footers, notes, etc.]

"FAUXVAR is a WordPerfect macro system which mimics the behavior of document variables through the use of character styles. Up to 99 faux variables can be used in a document. If you wish to create, edit, save or retrieve faux variables, this macro will simplify the procedure. You may still use WordPerfect’s built-in styles editor if you desire."

He also states, "You can use faux variables with WordPerfect 10. You may wish to do this if you share documents with others with earlier versions of WordPerfect."

NOTE: In addition to the method Jim describes to edit a faux variable, you can also double-click the variable's code in the Reveal Codes window.

Copy the macro and its two helper files to your default or supplemental macros folder. You may want to play the macro from a toolbar button or key combination. The macro has a Help button that explains how to create and edit these variables.

Jim has several free macros for download at http://ourworld.cs.com/perfectstuff/download_free_wordperfect_macros.htm.

For earlier versions of WordPerfect (i.e., WP9 and earlier) that do not have the Insert, Variable feature, you can use a style to duplicate this feature:

You can create a Character style that contains the text you want to appear in various places in your document. Then just apply the style in each location (no need to type the text at those locations since it is already "inside" the style itself). Here's how.

1. Click on Format, Styles, Create. This brings up the Styles Editor.

2. Give the new style a name and brief description. Choose "Character" as the Type. Be sure to check the box, "Automatically update style when changed in document."

3. In the Contents field of the Styles Editor, enter (or paste) your text. Format it if desired.

4. Click OK, then Close, to return to the document.

In the document (in an empty area), click Format, Styles, and choose the new style in the left pane, then click Insert. (Or, even easier: select the style from the drop list on your property bar.)

The text should appear in the document, but if you look in Reveal Codes, all you'll see is a pair of [Char Style] codes. Click on any one of these codes to bring up the Styles Editor, make any changes, then close the Styles Editor. The change should appear wherever the style was applied.


  • This use of a style is basically the same idea behind the new Variable feature of WP10/11.
  • There appears to be a limit of about 4,000 characters that you can use inside a variable or style's Contents field.

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Footnote 1

Charles Rossiter's Margins Set macro sets margins for pages and labels. As Charles said in a post on WordPerfect Universe: "You should not change label margins in a document [in WP9 and later]. It should only be done when you are selecting the label definition; then click Edit. A bug in the margins dialog (since WPWin9) applies the page margins to the labels." His macro will do the job, though, including setting label margins to zero.