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How to insert 'boilerplate' and/or repeating items

and in WordPerfect 10 and later versions,

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'Boilerplate' generally refers to standard or routine blocks of text, which may include graphics. It is sometimes called 'form language' and it rarely changes (if at all) over time. It is inserted in various documents as needed, and can be anything from several standard contract paragraphs to a single signature block or company logo. [This is more or less the opposite of a form, which is a typically a document already filled with static text and spaces for your (variable) input.]

'Repeating items' generally refers to either boilerplate (above) or to unique, single-use material (text and/or graphics) that needs to be inserted in several places in the current document.

Both types of material can be used in the same document. Here's how to create them with the various tools available in WordPerfect (listed in the left sidebar).

QuickWords (Available in WordPerfect 8 and later versions.)

Need to quickly insert blocks of boilerplate material?

Try using QuickWords: Select some text and click on Tools, QuickWords.

[See the QuickWords page for more information on this feature.]

Advantages

QuickWords are very easy to create, and they can insert more than just small groups of words such as letter closings, scanned signatures, or special phrases or "boilerplate" paragraphs.

They can also insert tables, watermarks, logos or other graphic images, and even one or more WordPerfect formatting codes (e.g., columns) -- or any combination of these things.


The size of an expanded QuickWord is not usually an issue: Multiple pages full of formatted material can be stored as a QuickWord!

Another advantage -- shared with QuickCorrect (see next section below) -- is that your hands need not stray from the keyboard, since QuickWord abbreviations (i.e., the characters you type into your document) are simple keyboard characters. There is no need to reach for the mouse.

Disadvantages

You might not be able to remember all the QuickWord abbreviations you have created (see macro solutions in the bullet list below).

Notes and tips

  • More information: See the QuickWords page for more information and some tips on using, managing, and backing up your QuickWords [including additional information on the following items].

  • Use them to create custom envelopes: You can also use a QuickWord to create custom envelopes with multiple fonts or graphics in the return address of an envelope. Click here for more information about custom envelopes.

  • Organize them for better access: If you have created lots of QuickWords, you can use a macro to display a menu list of them and then insert (and expand) the one you want at the cursor location: see, for example, the PickList macro in the Library. [But first see the tip on the main QuickWords page (here) about recording a macro to do the job of inserting an expanded QuickWord.] You could also add several macros that insert and expand their QuickWords to a new drop-down menu or a custom toolbar.

  • Note that all QuickWords are stored separately in a special template: QuickWords are stored in a separate file (QW#XX.WPT, where # is the version number and XX is the country or language code), in the same folder as your currently active default template, and thus may be less likely to become corrupted compared to QuickCorrect entries. But QuickCorrect entries have some advantages, and can be used to help you "speed type" (see below).

  • Migrate them: To migrate QuickWords to a newer version of WordPerfect, see How do I migrate Quickwords to WordPerfect (Corel Answer ID 755943). See also the QuickWords page.

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QuickCorrect

QuickCorrect has two related functions:

(1) It can be used to automatically correct common typing mistakes.

It "...provides a list of commonly misspelled words and their correct spellings. For example, QuickCorrect can automatically replace “adn” with “and.” You can add words to the QuickCorrect list, including a pair of words. For example, you can replace “byt he” with “by the.” Words can also be deleted from the QuickCorrect list. ..."
[From WordPerfect X6 Help <F1>]


(2) It can quickly insert a string of text characters or a symbol based on  shorthand text (i.e., "expand an abbreviation")

You can set up and use QuickCorrect to instantly convert your easy-to-remember text entry (an "abbreviation" or "replace" word) into a desired string of characters (e.g., "ABC Incorporated") or a symbol (e.g., "¥") as you type.

Some users have called this feature a form of "speed typing."


QuickCorrect is one of five related modules (dialog tabs in Tools, QuickCorrect):

(1) QuickCorrect (discussed below in this section).

(2) QuickWords (discussed above).

(3) SpeedLinks (used to format words such as email addresses and web site URLs as hyperlinks as you type them).

(4) Format-As-You-Go (to make various automatic corrections).

(5) SmartQuotes (to specify the type of typographical quote marks to use).

Note also that even if the "Replace words as you type" option is enabled on the first tab, some of these other options can be turned off by the user (their check boxes will be unchecked); therefore, they will not be operative. [This author developed a macro to reset various preferred QuickCorrect options if they were turned off: see the QC macro here.]

It is worth exploring these options to see if they suit your needs.

Also see WordPerfect's Help <F1> for more on this feature. 

Advantages (QuickCorrect module):

It is somewhat easier to remember QuickCorrect abbreviations than QuickWord abbreviations, since most QuickCorrect abbreviations are "shorthand" representations of the expanded word.

Moreover, QuickCorrect conversions or expansions will automatically adjust for capitalization. For example, an abbreviation for "president" might be "prs"; typing "prs" will expand to "president," while typing "Prs" will expand to "President". [For possessives, such as "president's", see the tip below. For plurals (-s, -es), simply type the extra letters immediately after the QuickCorrect expansion.]

And unlike QuickWords, abbreviations expand even if they are followed by a punctuation mark. (QuickWords require a space, hard return, or tab to expand.)

You can have up to 10 personal (and individually selectable) QuickCorrect word list files (plus the standard document-specific word list and default QuickCorrect word list, which are always selected since they are always used with the spell checker). Personal word lists can be added/edited via the spell checker's Options button (this is discussed below).

Disadvantages (QuickCorrect module):

Unlike QuickWords, this method does not let you insert graphics, tables, or large amounts of text into the document, or include new formatting such as a new font or font attibute (italics, bold, large, etc.). See also the Notes and tips section below.

How to enable (turn on) QuickCorrect:

Click on Tools, QuickCorrect and check (tick) the box, "Replace words as you type".

Caution: Be careful about checking the box below that one, "Correct other mis-typed words when possible," since there is a possible downside as discussed in the notes and tips section below. Also see the other Tips below.

How to set up new QuickCorrect abbreviations or words to be corrected while you type:

  • Click on Tools, QuickCorrect. Then enter the 'Replace' and 'With' entries and click the Add Entry button. Be sure the 'Replace words as you type' box is checked. (N.B.: See also the limits to these fields in the Notes and tips below.)

  • To enter accented letters or other symbols in the 'With' field, use the <Alt> key plus the numeric keypad to enter the proper numeric code found in the Windows Character Map.

    [The Character Map is located on your Windows desktop, under Start, Programs, Accessories, System Tools, Character Map. When it loads, simply choose a character or symbol and copy/paste it into WordPerfect, or jot down the <Alt> key combination shown on the bottom right of the Character Map dialog and use it instead. For example, to enter the Section symbol (§) in the 'With' field, press <Alt+0167> on the numeric keypad. (You could use something like 'sss' in the Replace field.)]

  • Note that you can also insert symbols from the WordPerfect Symbols set (normally found in the top [Insert] menu) by using <Ctrl+W> when the cursor is inside the 'With' field.

  • For capitalizations and possessives, see the "Advantages" section above.

  • See also "Notes and tips on QuickCorrect" below.

Notes and tips on QuickCorrect:

[Quick links:]

  • QuickCorrect is a dual-function "proofing" tool:

    In addition to being able to expand your own abbreviations as you type your text (as noted above) it is also used whenever you use the WordPerfect writing tools -- the Spell Chcker and Grammatik.

    The standard Tools, Spell Checker function uses the default user word list (e.g., a disk file named WTnnxx.UWL, where nn=WP version and xx=Language version) and any of up to 10 personal user word lists during spell checking. This is in addition to using the main (dictionary) word list(s) installed on the computer (which files have a .MOR extension).

    These user word lists (default list and any personal lists) are scanned first, and if the word or phrase is not found, the main word list is scanned. Choosing"Add" during a spell check adds the word to the user word list.

    Additionally, each document can contain its own document word list which is saved with the document. This list is used when you choose "Skip All" during a spell check. [Note that your choice to not stop at that word won't affect other documents where you might want to stop; moreover, in long, technical documents this can speed up subsequent spell checks since WordPerfect won't have to stop at these words again.]

    From WordPerfect X6's Help:

    "A word list is a list of words or phrases scanned when you proof text by using the writing tools. Writing tools scan two types of word lists: user word lists and main word lists. Each language comes with a default user word list. You can customize user word lists by adding, deleting, or replacing words. Main word lists are lists of specialized words used by the spell checker for a particular language, field or company.

    You can choose a user word list to help proof a text. You can have up to 10 user word lists active simultaneously. For example, if you want the spelling checker to scan both the US English and the Canadian English main word lists, choose both lists. If you work in the medical profession, you can select a third-party medical word list that runs with WordPerfect writing tools. Each language supported by the spell checker has a default main word list. The active User Word Lists are scanned first; if the word or phrase is not found there, the active Main Word Lists are scanned. You can add, disable, remove, or change the order of word lists.

    You can add a word to a user word list so that the word is not flagged as an error. You can also add alternative words to a user word list which lets you choose a replacement when the spelling checker or Grammatik stops on a word. [See the tip below.]"

    You can edit a user word list -- e.g., to remove a misspelled word you accidentally added to it. Select the word list from the spell checker's Options, User Word Lists dialog. From there you can select the item in the list box and use Delete Entry and/or Add Entry. You can also use Replace Entry (you can even add multiple replacements for a word or phrase by using the same word or phrase in the Word/Phrase text box.) To edit an individual entry, select it in the list box and use Replace With, then Replace Entry.

    To create more user word lists for specific types of documents, click Options, User Word Lists, Add List. When you are finished it will become active for that document and the spell checker will update it when you use Add during a spell check.

    Tips

    ☼ You can choose the new user word list for other documents when running a spell check on them.

    You can also make the list the default for other documents with Set Default.

    If the user word list doesn't appear in the list, click on Add List to browse for its .UWL file, then select it and choose Open.

  • Automatic paragraph numbering uses QuickCorrect's [Format-As-You-Go] QuickBullets module - see here for tips on using that feature.

  • QuickCorrect is automatically turned off for all open documents when you are editing a macro or conducting a merge. If you need QuickCorrect under these circumstances, or just need to be able to turn some QC features on and off quickly and easily, see the QC macro in the Library, or record your own macro and select the features you want toggled on or off.

  • Caution: When the "Correct other mistyped words when possible" check box is enabled, WordPerfect replaces typographical errors that have only one possible correction without notifying you of the change. Use this option only if you are confident that a document uses words found in a standard word list. Unusual spellings and proper nouns might be changed automatically when you enable this option. 
    • Most "power users" disable (un-tick) this setting. They don't want strange "corrections" slipping into important documents unnoticed. In any case, see the next note.
    • "Note that in the original release of WPX3 (13.0.0.406 to 446), correct words were flagged as spelling errors if the option "Correct other mistyped words when possible" was active. This has been remedied with [WPX3] Service Pack 1." [Quote]

  • "Un-doing" QuickCorrect changes: Immediately after QuickCorrect expands an abbreviation, press <Ctrl+Z> or <Alt+Backspace>. (This works to undo the last change. Try it with automatically underlined e-mail addresses or Internet URLs!)

  • Removing the space following the QuickCorrect expansion: When you type a QuickCorrect abbreviation and then press the spacebar, the abbreviation expands. But if you need to remove the space character so that you can type other characters, you first need to press the backspace key. While this is only two keystrokes (<Space>+<Backspace>) after the abbreviation, you could assign this simple macro to a relatively unused key (such as the ` key, to the left of the 1 key), which would eliminate one key press by inserting the required space and then immediately removing it:
    • If(?QuickCorrect=False)
          QuickCorrect(On!)
          Type(" ")  // (space character)
          DeleteCharPrevious
          QuickCorrect(Off!)
      Else
          Type(" ")  // (space character)
          DeleteCharPrevious
      Endif
      Return
    • [Thanks to Joe Blake an Larry Lewis on WordPerfect Universe here for the idea behind this tip.]

  • Limits to QuickCorrect: Be aware that, unlike QuickWords, you cannot insert graphics with QuickCorrect. Also, the sizes of the QuickCorrect 'Replace' and 'With' entry fields are very limited when compared to QuickWords.

    • The 'With' field. Charles Rossiter, Corel C_Tech, concludes from testing that there are replacement entry limits -- i.e., limits to the QuickCorrect "With" field (the right-hand field) -- depending on whether the replacements are copied-and-pasted into the field, or whether they are manually typed into the field.
      • "First, you can create the QuickCorrect replacement entry by selecting text. Irrespective of how much text you select, it is only the first 63 characters, minus the number of space characters, which will be included in the replacement text. Or, in other words, the limit is 63 characters, with each space counting as 2 characters.
      • Second, you can create [a longer] QuickCorrect replacement by typing in the replacement window in QuickCorrect. The number of characters that can be created manually for a QuickCorrect replacement also varies according to the number of space characters. The limit is 126 characters, minus the number of spaces. Or, in other words, the limit is 126 characters, with each space counting as 2 characters." [Quote]
      • HOWEVER ... There appears to be a bug in QuickCorrect that can cause QuickWords to crash if QuickCorrect replacement entries are longer than 20 characters. There seems to be an adverse interaction between the two features. This bug has existed since WP9, and Corel's support database states: "In order to correct this issue you need to remove any entries in QuickCorrect that are over 20 Characters in length." The bug exists even in WP12. [BUT...see update below for more recent WordPerfect versions.] If you stumble on this bug and your need to use expansions (the "With" part of QuickCorrect entries) longer than 20 characters, you could try the utility program, As-U-Type, described below, which can expand up to 80 characters and works independently from WordPerfect's QuickCorrect and QuickWords features (but works well with them).
        • Update: This bug seems to have been fixed in a post-WP12 version. See this post on WordPerfect Universe. [The test reported there using 100 characters was recently repeated using the maximum allowable number of QuickCorrect replacement characters (126) in WPX6 (running under Windows 7) and it produced the same positive result: QuickWords did not crash.]

    • The 'Replace' field. With respect to the QuickCorrect abbreviation in the (left-hand) "Replace" field,
      • "...there is a limit to what can be entered in the left-hand "Replace" window. That left-hand window can take 80 non-space characters, or 79 non-space characters and one space." [Quote]

    • Because the QuickCorrect file might be more prone to corruption than the QuickWords file, you may want to limit the total number of items in QuickCorrect, and use either QuickWords, the Corel ClipBook (see below), or menu-driven macros instead. (Some users have reported that they have several thousand entries in QuickCorrect, but such large lists probably are harder to maintain than similar sized QuickWord lists. See QuickWords for more information and tips on using, managing, and backing up QuickWords.)
      • From a FAQ on WordPerfect Universe: "The user word list (the list of words you have added while running a spell-check), along with the list of your QuickCorrect entries, is kept in a file called WT#XX.UWL (where # is the version number and XX is the country or language code, e.g., WT11US.UWL). ... Note that these files may be stored in an "unexpected" location, such as C:\My Documents\Corel User Files."

  • Problems with QuickCorrect (or the Spell Checker) changing a word into something you don't want? Or skipping past a word you want flagged as a possible misspelled word?

    • Tips

      ☼  See the previous note (above) about the Tools, QuickCorrect option, "Correct other mistyped words when possible," which is normally turned on by default during program installation.

      ☼  But since corrections are done silently and automatically, you might want to turn it off to prevent some potentially embarrassing corrections from going unnoticed.

      ☼  However you probably will want "Replace words as you type" to be turned on so that abbreviations/misspellings in the QuickCorrect list are automatically corrected while typing, as explained below.

      ☼  Be aware that, in addition to being able to force an "incorrect" word to be replaced with a specific "correct" version (see Option 1 below), you can also create a "skip word" entry (Option 2) or an "exception" entry (Option 3, which gives you alternative replacement choices). Ssee next paragraphs.

      Note

      ¤  Exception entries, since they contain duplicate words to replace, can only exist in the User Word List, and not in the QuickCorrect list. Similarly, skip-word entries contain a spell checker code (<skip>), and so they are also excluded from the QuickCorrect list. Hence, for these two items you need to edit the User Word List, which is simple and easy to do via the Spell Checker dialog.

    • Option 1. If you want to automatically replace a particular word during spell checking -or- while typing:

      Option 1a.


      Simply follow the methods under "How to set up new QuickCorrect abbreviations" above.

      If QuickCorrect's "Replace words as you type" is turned on, the word/phrase will be replaced as you type them. When running the Spell Checker, the word/phrase will always be replaced.

      Option 1b.


      First open the Spell Checker (Tools, Spell Checker), then answer "No" to "Close spell checker?" dialog that typically appears. Click the Options button, then click on User Word Lists.

      [Sidebar: The User Word Lists dialog that opens should default to WTnnxx.UWL, where "nn"=your WP version and "xx"=your language. This list is common to all your documents, but it can be customized. (On the other hand, the Document Word List is used to store corrections made in just the current document. So choose the User Word List to store your entries for the current and future documents.)

      Note that the User Word List is used by both QuickCorrect (which stores its entries in the UWL file) and the Spell Checker (which also uses its own main dictionary).]


      Then either -

      Browse to the relevant existing word pair in the User Word Lists dialog and click on it to select it; then make your change in the "Replace with" field; then click the Replace Entry button.

      or -

      If it is a new pair that is not yet in the list, type the incorrect word in the "Word/phrase" field and the correct word in the "Replace with" field; then click the Add Entry button.

      Click on Close to close both the User Word Lists dialog and the Spell Checker.


    • Option 2. If you want to automatically skip a particular word during spell checking -or- while typing:

      First open the Spell Checker (Tools, Spell Checker), then answer "No" to "Close spell checker?" dialog that typically appears. Click the Options button, then click on User Word Lists. [See the Sidebar above about the items listed there.]

      Then either -

      Cclick on the entry with both the word and its replacement to select (highlight) it.

      or -

      If it is a new item that is not yet in the list, type the incorrect word in the "Word/phrase" field and the correct word in the "Replace with" field; then click the Add Entry button; then click on the word pair to select (highlight) it.

      Click the Properties button, then choose "Skip word"; then click OK.

      This will add the entry to the User Word List with "<skip>" in the replacement field.

      Click on Close to close both the User Word Lists dialog and the Spell Checker.

      Note: "Skip-word" entries contain a spell checker code (<skip>), and so they are also excluded from the QuickCorrect list.


      Alternatives to editing the User Word List / QuickCorrect list to skip a word:

      Use the Spell Checker: In the main document, just double-click the word you want to skip to select it; open the spell checker (Tools, Spell Checker); answer "No" to "Close Spell Checker?"; click the Add button; enter the word to skip in the pop up Add Word dialog; click OK, then Close the spell checker. This will add the entry to the User Word List with "<skip>" in the replacement field.

      Use a menu setting: (This is particularly useful when you have a section of text to omit from spell checking.)
      In the main document, just double-click (or otherwise select) the word(s) you want to skip. Click on Tools, Language, Settings and check (tick) the box, "Disable writing tools (in this portion of text)".

      Use a macro: You can "mark" words or symbols in a document to be skipped over by the spell checker and grammar checker. This can be done with a one-line macro with this command in it: WritingToolsDisable. (See here for how to create the macro.) Then select the word and play the macro; it will place a pair of codes around the selection, which tell the program not to spell-check or grammar-check the selection. (You can assign the macro to a keyboard shortcut, toolbar, or menu, as described here.) [Note this is particularly useful in skipping over single symbols (such as Greek characters inserted with Ctrl+W) during spell checking, since these cannot be entered into a User Word List (but they can be entered in the QuickCorrect dialog).]

    • Option 3. If you want to have several "correct" entries for a word from which to choose (e.g., the typographical error "ADN" could be either "AND" or "DNA"), you can make the spell checker stop and let you pick an alternative word (an exception) from the User Word List:

      First open the Spell Checker (Tools, Spell Checker), then answer "No" to "Close spell checker?" dialog that typically appears. Click the Options button, then click on User Word Lists. [See the Sidebar above about the items listed there.]

      Then either -

      Click on the entry with both the word and its replacement to select (highlight) it.

      or -

      If it is a new item that is not yet in the list, type the incorrect word in the "Word/phrase" field and the correct word in the "Replace with" field; then click the Add Entry button; then click on the word pair to select (highlight) it.


      Next -

      Then depending on your version of WordPerfect either -

      Click the Properties button, then choose Exception Entry; then put your cursor in the Replace With field (still in the Entry Properties dialog window) and press Enter and add the replacement word there (for multiple words, add one entry per line); then click OK.

      The new item(s) will show up as a separate entry (or enties) in the list.


      or-

      [For some early versions of WordPerfect:] Click to highlight the word and its replacements (put each on a separate line) in the User Word Lists dialog; click the Properties button, then choose Exception Entry; then click OK. Each replacement will show up as a separate entry in the User Word Lists dialog.

      Click on Close to close both the User Word Lists dialog and the Spell Checker.

      Note

      Exception entries, since they contain duplicate words to replace, can only exist in the User Word List, and not in the QuickCorrect list.


  • QuickCorrect weirdness. When you type (i), (c), or (r), do they change into other characters? Do dates typed as "1/27/08" change to a numerical fraction? Here are some remedies.

  • QuickCorrect and possessives. If you have (for example) a QC abbreviation "pf" that is replaced with "plaintiff" (both items are entered without quote marks) when you type "pf," you might notice that "pf's" will not expand to the possessive form ("plaintiff's"). Here's a way to ensure that adding an apostrophe-s to an abbreviation will also add it to the expanded word. [Thanks to Noal Mellott for this tip.]
    • [Note that this works in WordPerfect X5, English language version, but should work in other versions. Note also that it does not work just using the Tools, QuickCorrect dialog; you must use the steps below.]
    • 1. Click Tools, Spell Checker. If you are asked to close the spell checker, answer "No."
    • 2. Click the Options button in the Spell Checker, then choose "User Word Lists" from the menu that pops up. (This is also known as the "QuickCorrect file".) This opens the user Word Lists dialog, and it should show your available user word lists (.uwl). Select the one for your version of WordPerfect (e.g., WP15US.UWL for the US version of WPX5).
    • 3. In the "Word/phrase:" field, enter (without the double quotes) "'s" (i.e., apostrophe-s). Leave the "Replace with:" field empty (i.e., blank).
    • 4. Click Close to dismiss the dialog, and then Close the spell checker. Done.
    • [Additional information from WordPerfect X5's help file:
      • Using User Word Lists:
      • A word list is a list of words or phrases scanned when you proof your text using the writing tools. Writing tools scan two types of word lists: User Word Lists and Main Word Lists.
      • Each language comes with a default User Word List. User Word Lists can be customized to add, delete or replace words.
      • Main Word Lists are lists of specialized words used by Spell Checker for a particular language, field or company. You can have ten lists of each type active when you use the writing tools. The active User Word Lists are scanned first; if the word or phrase is not found there, the active Main Word Lists are scanned. Main Word Lists are available only in Spell Checker.
      • For detailed information about using user word lists, see “Using writing tools” in the main Help.]

  • More on QuickCorrect:
    • For an extended discussion of QuickCorrect versus QuickWords, see this thread by the same title on WordPerfect Universe
    • QuickCorrect entries -- along with words you have added when running a spell-check -- are stored in User Word Lists (with a filename of WTnnxx.UWL, where nn=version and xx=language). If this file does not exist (e.g., it was accidentally deleted) a new, virgin copy will be created when WordPerfect is started.
      • You can export the QuickCorrect entries to a normal .WPD document by converting the lists using the Spell Utility (which in most WordPerfect versions can be started directly from the WordPerfect group on the Windows Start menu); see the next paragraph for how one user did it. [The Spell Utility lets you create, edit, merge, or convert main word lists for your business or field, such as medicine or law.]
      • On WordPerfect Universe, it was found that converting the default QuickCorrect user list into a WordPerfect document (.WPD), then pasting the contents of that document (with Edit, Paste Special, Unformatted text) into a new, blank, and "clean" WPD document (no user styles, etc.), and then converting the new WPD document back into a new default User Word List (.UWL), cured a strange problem with the QC entries. See here.
      • See also Footnote 1 below for a method to print these entries in a table format. See also the WordPerfect Universe FAQ for more information on Word Lists.
      • This QuickCorrect FAQ on WordPerfect Universe discusses  what might cause the QuickCorrect list to be blank, etc.
      • If correctly spelled words are flagged as misspelled, it might be caused by a corrupt QuickCorrect file. [It could also be a display (video driver) problem, or an errant language code somewhere in the document or in the Open Style code at the very top of the document.] You can try renaming the QuickCorrect file: See the Corel Support Knowledgebase and search for "Quick Correct" (note the space between words) or search for "3561". The procedure shows how to find and rename the QuickCorrect (.UWL) file so that a new one will be generated when next you load WordPerfect.
      • It might be possible to repair a corrupt QuickCorrect file using Corel's free utility, WPLOOK. See this page for more on obtaining and using it.
    • To back up QuickCorrect, see the "What files do I need to back up if I need to uninstall/reinstall/upgrade?" FAQ on WordPerfect Universe.
    • To migrate QuickCorrect entries to a newer version of WordPerfect, see Migrating QuickCorrect List to current version of WordPerfect. (Corel support database, Article # 11190)
    • The main dictionary ("Main Word List") is kept in a different file, with the filename extension of .MOR (not .UWL). It can be edited with a special program that comes with WordPerfect, the Spell Utility. The Utility can help you migrate a customized main dictionary to a newer version of WordPerfect. See this FAQ on WordPerfect Universe.
    • Speaking only as a satisfied customer ... you might also consider As-U-Type (http://www.fanix.com/). If you are not a touch-typist (or even if you are), this little utility program can correct typos and spelling errors as you type. It even works alongside WordPerfect's QuickCorrect, and can expand abbreviations like QuickWords -- in any Windows program, such as your e-mail program. It "learns" from your mistakes, it's easy to toggle on and off as needed (LShft+RShft keys), and overall it's very easy to use. Free 30-day trial.

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QuickMacros and regular macros

□  QuickMacros 

See Automate your current session tasks with a QuickMacro.

□  Regular macros 

For some links relating to creating or using regular macros, see Need help creating macros and templates?

To record a regular macro:

It often helps to plan the steps and write them down for reference. Once you know what you wish to record -

  • Click Tools, Macro, Record. When the Record Macro dialog appears, give the new macro a name (spaces are OK), then click Record. You should now be back in your document and the Macro Toolbar should be visible. (If not, be sure to un-tick the menu option, View, Hide Bars.)
  • Type the text you want to insert in the document. Keep it relatively short (512 characters including spaces).
  • When finished, stop recording with the small black-square button (■) on the left end of the Macro Toolbar (alternative: click Tools, Macro, Record once again). 
  • Done. The macro is now saved to disk in the Default macro folder specified in Tools, Settings, Files, Merge/Macro. It can be played with Tools, Macro, Play (or Alt+F10) or it can be assigned to a toolbar, menu, or keystroke combination as described here.
  • [Tip: There is also a short (2:25) YouTube video tutorial (uploaded by a Corel employee in 2009): Recording a basic WordPerfect macro.]

Notes and tips

  • Note that not all things can be recorded in a macro (e.g., styles in WP9+), so some saved macros will need to be edited (Tools, Macro, Edit) to manually add or modify commands to them. See here for more.
  • Signature blocks: Here's a Corel WordPerfect Tutorial on Creating a Signature Block Marco that should help get you started with macros.
  • Menu macros: For some simple "menu" macros -- typically used to type or insert blocks of text -- see Footnote 2.
  • Pick a macro #1: You can use a regular (multi-function) macro (PICKLIST) to instantly type blocks of text, insert disk files, expand QuickWords, play other macros -- all from a single menu "pick list."
  • Pick a macro #2: Similar in action to the above macro is a "two key" macro: see 2Keys. You would simply press one shortcut key combination (e.g., Alt+z) to play the two-key macro, then a second key (e.g., "1") to perform some action such as insert a file, play another macro, etc. 
  • Intermediate to advanced users: It's not a QuickMacro, but ... for those comfortable with regular macros, see Gordon McComb's Document Construction Kit - A Macro for Fast and Easy Document Assembly. Also see Gordon McComb's Macmenu at http://gmccomb.com/vault/. The help file indicates it can insert files as well perform several other functions.

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Shortcut ('hot') keys

To set up a key or key combination to send keystrokes (keyboard characters and non-characters) to your document, see -

Assigning a ... string of keystrokes to a key or key combination (i.e., a "shortcut" or "hot key")

As you will see on that page, you can also assign other things to shortcut keys, such as macros, features, or even external programs.

Notes 
  • There may be a limit to the number of characters that you can enter in your document with this method.
  • Using WordPerfect X3 and later WordPerfect versions with Windows XP/Vista/7 (and possibly later Windows versions) means that what you can enter under the Keystrokes tab is limited:
    • In Windows XP you can use only text strings and/or WordPerfect symbols in the Keystrokes pane. You cannot use script commands (i.e., {Alt}, {Space}, etc.).
    • In Windows Vista/7/8 and with up to version WPX3 (but apparently not in a fully patched WPX4 or later) it is even more limited: You have to disable the User Access Control (UAC) in Vista/7/8 to make such text/symbol keystrokes work (script commands still will not work). Disabling the UAC is something that is not generally recommended.

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Insert files (boilerplate files)

Insert a document from your disk at the current cursor location with Insert > File

Tips

  • Automate with macros:  If you often use this method with several files, you can record individual macros to bring the files into the document (also see Footnote 2 for a single macro that displays a menu to let you select a file).
    • The macros can be played from a menu, keystroke, or toolbar button; see here for how to do this. [For a more flexible and powerful macro, see the PickList macro in the Library. With this macro you can instantly type out symbols, words, or paragraphs; insert disk files; expand QuickWords; or play other macros -- all from a single menu "pick list".]

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Custom templates (with optional prompts and other automation)

A custom document based on a custom template can also be thought of as "boilerplate," since the document itself can contain text and graphics that remains the same each time you use it.

Using a template-generated custom document is a different approach from using Insert > File (above), since a new document is generated ("spawned") each time you access the template, rather than merely reloading an old document from disk. 

Advantages:

The template is relatively immune from causal editing or accidental deleteion; moreover, since a custom document is spawned each time, the resulting document can be saved under a different name or simply discarded after printing. The template itself remains untouched.

Another big advantage: Custom templates can be automated to insert various material, prompt the user, use built-in macros, etc.

A related concept: 

Use a keyboard merge to fill in a form document. If you plan to fill in the form in one sitting, you can set up the form as a "merge form" with "keyboard stops". This is a one-choice-to-one-location type of operation. If you need to enter the same information in multiple locations (one-choice-to-several-locations), consider using an automated, prompted template or (in WordPerfect 10 and later versions), text variables.

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Floating ("linked") table cells

If you have created one or more tables and need to have the contents of certain cells -- such as a column's total -- appear in the text area(s) of your document, use floating cells to duplicate the contents of those table cells elsewhere in the document.

Here's how:

  • Create a table with something in the cell that you wish to have duplicated elsewhere in the document with a floating cell.
  • Position your cursor in the text area, as desired. Click on Table, Create (or Insert, Table in WP9 and earlier), Floating Cell, Create. In Reveal Codes you’ll see a pair of codes -- [Flt Cell><Flt Cell] -- with the cursor between them. This is the "floating cell."
  • Use the Table Formula toolbar that appears when you create a floating cell to insert a formula in the floating cell, or insert the name of a table cell to reference information in that cell.
    • For example, if you have a single table it will be named Table A by WordPerfect, and if you have the phrase "New York" in cell B1 of that table, then when you create the floating cell (step 2 above), and the cursor is between the codes, click in the Formula field in the toolbar and type this formula:
      • +Table A.B1
    • then click the checkmark button to the left of the Formula field. The contents of cell B1 of the table should immediately show up in the floating cell. (You might have to click the Calculate button to "refresh" the floating cell.)
  • A floating cell can be copied or cut to a new location by opening Reveal Codes and selecting the codes and the text between them. Then copy (or cut) and paste in a new location.
  • Tip (from David Wallis): "you can also have one floating cell refer to the contents of another. That's very helpful when you use numbers that need to be repeated in various places in a document. If the number changes, you only need to change it in one place in the document."

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Styles

Styles can contain text and other items as well as, or instead of, format codes (or both). Used as information "containers" they can insert boilerplate. See "Variable Character styles" below, and (for general information) Styles

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Faux variables and 'variable' Character styles

Faux variables (for WordPerfect 9 and 10)

Jim Shackleford's FAUXVAR9 macro (for WordPerfect 9/10) mimics WordPerfect 10's new 'text variables' feature (described below).

[Quoted from the Other Authors page:]

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 [Ed: these are actually called 'text variables' in newer versions of WordPerfect]. 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.


'Variable' Character styles (for WordPerfect 9 and earlier)

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:

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.

  • Click on Format, Styles, Create. This brings up the Styles Editor.
  • 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."
  • In the Contents field of the Styles Editor, enter (or paste) your text. Format it if desired.
  • 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.

Notes

  • 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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Clipboard extender (Available in WordPerfect 10.0.0.518 and later versions.)

Use the Corel ClipBook.

From ClipBook's Help: "Corel Clipbook is a utility that works with any Windows application to store multiple items, called clips, in an unlimited number of clipboards. Clips can be text, sounds, and graphics. Clipboards can be shared with other users over a network."

Notes and tips
  • For a "How To" introduction to the ClipBook, see this thread on WordPerfect Universe.
  • Installing it and removing it: The ClipBook can be separately installed or uninstalled from the Windows Control Panel.
  • Update (from a post by a Corel employee on Corel's OfficeCommunity.com, 5/9/2013):
    • Clipbook is not installed by default on 64-bit versions of Windows due to known compatibility issues with those operating systems.  However, if you would like to install it, you can launch the WordPerfect Office setup again, select "Modify", check "Clipbook" in the feature tree under "Utilities" and click "Begin".

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Text variables (Text variables are included with WordPerfect 10 and later versions.)

Need to insert the same block of text in several locations -- and be able to make global changes easily and quickly, wherever it appears? Use a 'faux variable' macro, 'variable' character style, or (in WP10 and later versions) a text variable:

  • "[Text] variables allow you to mark text that you know will change, for example dates, version numbers, or client names. WordPerfect allows you to create a variable. Once you have created a variable you can insert it in [multiple locations in] a document, edit it, or delete it. You can also chose to display the variables in a document." (Corel WP10 Help file.)
  • To create a text variable (WP10 and later versions), click on Insert, Variable, Create. Give the variable a name (limit=12 characters) and type (or paste) the text into the Contents field, then insert the variable where needed. (The content limit seems to be about 4,000 characters.) You can format the text from the Variables Editor menu, insert graphics, etc.
  • To insert a variable in your document: Position the cursor where you want to insert the variable. Click Insert, Variable. Choose a variable from the Variables list. Click Insert.
    • Alternative: You can add a button to a toolbar that will allow picking and inserting an existing text variable into the document. See the first TIP below.
  • To delete an instance of a variable at a particular location, delete its [Variable] code in the Reveal Codes window.
  • To edit a variable click Insert, Variable, <choose the variable>, Edit.
    • Alternative:
      • You can also double-click on any existing [Variable] code in Reveal Codes, or directly on the visible variable text, to bring up the Variables Editor. Make your changes, and your edits will instantly appear in all iterations of that particular variable when you exit the Editor.

Notes and tips

  • Insert variables with a toolbar button: Right-click the toolbar and select Edit from the context menu. In the Toolbar Editor that appears, choose the Feature category "Insert," and scroll down in the list to "Variables." Choose it and click on Add Button to add the button to your toolbar. (You can drag the new button to another toolbar location.) Once you have created one or more variables, they will be available from the new button to insert at the current cursor location.
    • Related tips:
    • Once variables have been created and inserted into a document they can be copied to another document by simply selecting the code pair ([Variable><Variable]) in Reveal Codes, copying the codes to the clipboard, and then pasting them into the new document.
    • See also the tip below about gathering several existing text variable codes together in a single location with a WordPerfect Comment, which "hides" the group from view and from printing. Then only that [Comment] code needs to be copied into another document to duplicate the same variables there. [If you select just the Comment code you can turn it into a QuickWord for future use in any document, assuming it is not already made part of the default template.]
  • Make them more visible: Starting with WP11, you can visually "mark" variables in the document with View, Variables; this applies temporary (blue) >arrow brackets< around each variable.
  • Use "placeholders": You could type a placeholder text string (e.g., "PARTY-1"; "HUSBAND'S NAME"; etc.) in each newly created text variable in a custom template or other saved file, then insert them where needed. Then you could simply edit any instance of a particular variable and change the placeholder (e.g., change "PARTY-1" to "John Smith"). You can enable View, Variables during the editing phase to more easily find the variables in situ; then turn off this feature before printing.
    • To make any unused variables even more visually evident in both the Variables dialog and in the document itself, use an "all Caps" placeholder with brackets, such as "[<-HUSBAND'S-NAME->]". This should make editing and proofreading the document easier.
    • If you use such text placeholders, you will want to delete any unused variables from the final draft. This is easily done with the Variables dialog's Delete button.
  • Specify which variables you want to display (i.e., those in the current document and/or those in the default template) in the Variables list by clicking Options, Settings, and enabling an option in the "Available variables list" area. [Settings also lets you save the variables to either the current document, default template (not always the best idea unless you truly have frequent use for them in a wide variety of new documents), or an additional objects template.]
  • Find a particular variable (and move the cursor to it) with Edit, Go To, <variable>, <select variable name>. Note that you cannot find text in variables with Edit, Find and Replace, since the text is inside the variable itself, which is a style. [But see next tip.]
  • Create a WordPerfect Comment (Insert, Comment, Create) at the top of the document (or other convenient location) and insert one instance of each created text variable into the Comment. You can then modify any or all of them more easily by simply editing the Comment and double-clicking a variable, since they will be conveniently located in one (non-printing) location.
    • Related tips:
    • Use a two-column table inside the Comment, with instructions or copy-and-paste examples in the left column, adjacent to each text variable in the next column. Simply read the instructions, double-click the adjacent text variable and edit it, read the next instruction, double-click the next variable and edit it, etc.
    • A template macro can be used to immediately find and open this special Comment when a document based on the template is opened or edited. For more on template macros, see here.
    • If you select just the [Comment] code in Reveal Codes you can turn it into a QuickWord for future use in any document (assuming it is not already made part of the default template).
  • You can use a variable as a chapter title or section title and also insert the variable in a header or footer (or anywhere it is needed).
    • Once the variable is created and inserted in the body text area, you can make the chapter or section title into a formatted paragraph style (in the body text area of the document) by selecting both of these new codes in Reveal Codes, and applying a heading style (e.g., Heading 1) to them from the Text property bar's Select Style drop list. This will not only add formatting to the title, it will allow the title to show up in a Table of Contents. (The variable's title displayed in the header or footer will not be formatted with the paragraph style. Use normal formatting methods in such structures.)
    • If you change your mind about the title, just edit the variable with Insert, Variable, <variable name>, Edit. When you change the Contents field, you will change what is displayed in the document.
    • If you want the title of each section of the chapter to show up in a header (a/k/a "running heads," "dynamic headers"), see the macro, DYNAHEAD.

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Other utility programs

  • Asutype ("As-U-Type") by Fanix Software
    • PURPOSE: If you are not a touch-typist (or even if you are), this little utility program can correct typos and spelling errors as you type, using one or more user-created lists as well as several standard dictionary lists (US, UK, CA, AUS).
    • COMPATIBILITY: It works very well alongside WordPerfect's QuickCorrect, and can make corrections in any Windows program (such as your e-mail program).
    • "QUICKCORRECT"-LIKE FEATURE: Its automatic correction feature can expand an abbreviation up to 80 characters, and you can create your own correction lists to load/unload as needed.
    • "QUICKWORDS"-LIKE FEATURE: The program can also expand text abbreviations into long blocks of text just like WordPerfect's QuickWords (but unlike QuickWords you cannot include graphics or WordPerfect formatting codes in the expansions). The abbreviations are called "Shortcuts" in As-U-Type, and you can have different shortcut lists for different purposes, and load/unload them as needed. Shortcuts be set to expand with or without a following space. (For the latter, you use the option "No Trigger" and it expands the item immediately as soon as the last character is typed.)
    • NOTE: If the same item exists in As-U-Type (correction list or shortcut list) as in WordPerfect (QuickCorrect or QuickWords), As-U-Type will take precedence.
    • OTHER FEATURES: AUT learns from your mistakes, and can be automatically turned off in specified programs or manually toggled on and off as needed (LShft+RShft keys). Very easy to use, even with its many features.
    • COST: Free 30-day trial; US$39.95 to register.
  • Unicode Keyboard by Fanix Software 
    • PURPOSE: "Unicode Keyboard is a smart OS-level typing assistant software that helps you type any accented and Unicode character on US keyboard without having to learn and remember awkward key combinations. ..." [From their download page. Not yet tested by the WPToolbox.]
    • COST: Free 30-day trial; US$19.95 to register.
  • TypeItIn by WavGet
    • PURPOSE (quoted from their website): "TypeItIn lets you define buttons that will type in any information you want into any application. You can use TypeItIn to fill out forms on the web, or process forms at work. It's a great tool for applications where you frequently type the same thing like creating HTML code or writing standard letters or emails. Another great use is for entering user names and passwords. You can also launch applications or web sites with the click of a button. You can create up to 1000 password protected groups, each with up to 200 buttons. TypeItIn can automatically type in the time, date, month, or day of the week too. In addition, you can also Record your own typing to automatically create buttons."
    • NOTE: If you also use As-U-Type (above), TypeItIn will prevent As-U-Type's auto-correction feature from working while TypeItIn is active. Solution: Load each from the Windows launch bar as needed, then unload them from the system tray. Both actions take just a mouse click or two.
    • COST: Free 30-day trial; US$19.95 to register.
  • PhraseExpress
    • PURPOSE: PhraseExpress organizes your frequently used text snippets:
      • Expand abbreviations and common phrases as you type.
      • Launch applications by entering text shortcuts.
      • Autocomplete phrases with the predictive text feature.
      • Quickly handle email responses.
      • Works in any Windows program.
    • NOTE: PhraseExpress seems to work well with As-U-Type (above). If you use them simultaneously, to take advantage of AUT's auto-correction, it is suggested that you use a different phrase delimiter (e.g., "#") than those you might have used in AUT.
    • COST: Free for personal use.

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Footnote 1

To print a list of your QuickCorrect entries in table format (this method demonstrates a the procedure to use with WordPerfect Office X3, but it should be similar for other versions):

[NOTE: To print a list of your QuickWords, see QWords.html]

First, "dump" the list to a normal WordPerfect file using this method (thanks to a post by Charles Rossiter in the Corel newsgroups):

"[Open WordPerfect and]...run SpellChecker, Options, User Word Lists, and identify the UWL filename -- e.g., WT13US.UWL [for WordPerfect X3]. Locate that file on your PC -- perhaps in C:\My Documents\Corel User Files.

Now, on the Windows Start menu, go to WordPerfect Office X3, Utilities, Spell Utility. Run that. Click the Convert tab. Choose "WP XP User Word List to WP X3 Document". Next click the Browse button for "Source File Name" and select the UWL file.

In the "Destination FileName" select a wpd file, or type in a file name of your choice, with the extension .wpd. Click the Convert button. Click OK, and exit."

This method produces a .wpd file where each pair (Replace...With) is separated with a hard return code followed by two characters (a backslash and an equals symbol), like this:

[HRt]\=

This file can be turned into a table with just a few extra steps:

Click Edit, Find and Replace. in the Find: field, enter these three items (they can either be selected and copied as a block to the clipboard and then pasted into the field, or the [HRt] code can be inserted directly from the Match, Codes menu).

In the F&R dialog, in the Replace with: field, enter a [Left Tab] code (the code can either be copied to the clipboard and pasted into the field, or it can be inserted from the Replace, Codes menu).

Choose Replace All, then Close the F&R dialog. The list should now be "tab separated."

Select the list and then click Table, Create. In the dialog that pops up, be sure the "Columns" is set to "2" and the "Text Delimiters" is set to "Tabs." Click OK.

You now have a list of QuickCorrect entries in table format. You can click in the first cell and sort the table with Tools, Sort, First cell in table row.

 
Footnote 2

Example 1 (a simple macro menu):

Based on a macro posted by Klaus Pfeiffer at WordPerfect Universe (here), this macro pops up a menu which lets you select any of up to 26 user-created, short text blocks and automatically type your selection at the current cursor location. (If less than 10 menu choices, the menu choices will be numbered 1-9; otherwise they will be lettered A-Z.)

When the macro is played:

To select a menu item click it, or select it with <Tab> and press <Enter>, or press the corresponding letter or number. To dismiss the macro without selecting anything, you can just click outside the menu or press the <Esc> key.

// Macro begins here
// [Note that the LAST item in the Array list is NOT followed by a semicolon]

Array[]=
{
"A bag of apples";
"A dozen oranges";
"A very large bunch of bananas"
}

MENU(vSelection;;;;Array[])
If(vSelection != 0)
 Type(Array[vSelection])
EndIf

Return
// Macro ends here

Tips:

  • To copy this code into your WordPerfect program to create a working macro, see http://wptoolbox.com/tips/CopyCode.html.
  • To assign the macro to a toolbar, shortcut key, or menu see http://wptoolbox.com/tips/EasyPlay.html
  • To adjust the location of the macro's menu on your screen, see the Menu command (a PerfectScript command, not a WordPerfect command). The third parameter sets the horizontal position in pixels; the fourth parameter sets the vertical position in pixels; leaving both parameters blank (as above) will center the menu on screen. The fifth parameter types the text (here, the menu choice, stored in an array).

Example 2:

Here is another version of the above macro, which allows you to do more than simply type out whatever was indicated on the menu itself. It also can have up to 26 menu choices. If there are less than 10 menu choices, the menu choices will be numbered 1-9; otherwise they will be lettered A-Z.

The menu here is made up of descriptive or instructional labels, not text-to-be-typed as in the previous example. You could use something like "Insert General Disclaimer statement," or similar instructions.

Using the CaseOf commands in the Switch/Endswitch segment below, the macro would carry out a specific task linked to the menu label choice, such as display a message (as this simple example demonstrates); and/or insert an external file (File, Insert); and/or Type("<a string of characters>") as in Example 1 above; etc. It can also Call another routine or even another macro.

This example also loops back to display the menu unless the QUIT choice is made. To disable looping, remove the Label(Start@) and Go(Start@) commands.

// Macro begins here

Label(Start@) // (optional: shows menu unless Quit is chosen)

// [Note that the LAST item in the Array list is NOT followed by a semicolon]
Array[]=
{
"Apples";
"Oranges";
"Bananas";
"Cherries";
"Melons";
"Grapes";
"Canelopes";
"Pears";
"Blueberries";
"EXIT now"
}

MENU(vSelection; ; ; ; Array[])
Switch(vSelection)
CaseOf 1: Messagebox(;"";"You chose Apples")
CaseOf 2: Messagebox(;"";"You chose Oranges")
CaseOf 3: Messagebox(;"";"You chose Bananas")
CaseOf 4: Messagebox(;"";"You chose Cherries")
CaseOf 5: Messagebox(;"";"You chose Melons")
CaseOf 6: Messagebox(;"";"You chose Grapes")
CaseOf 7: Messagebox(;"";"You chose Cantelopes")
CaseOf 8: Messagebox(;"";"You chose Pears")
CaseOf 9: Messagebox(;"";"You chose Blueberries")
CaseOf 10: Quit // (or use Return)
EndSwitch
Go(Start@) // (optional: shows menu unless Quit is chosen)

Return
// Macro ends here

Tips:

  • To type a string of up to 512 characters (including spaces) into the document and immediately exit, change the CaseOf commands. For example:
     
    CaseOf 1: Type("You chose Apples") Return
    Other functions are similar: Use a numbered CaseOf command followed by the code to execute.
  • To copy this code into your WordPerfect program to create a working macro, see http://wptoolbox.com/tips/CopyCode.html.
  • To assign the macro to a toolbar, shortcut key, or menu see http://wptoolbox.com/tips/EasyPlay.html
  • To adjust the location of the macro's menu on your screen, see the Menu command (a PerfectScript command, not a WordPerfect command). The third parameter sets the horizontal position in pixels; the fourth parameter sets the vertical position in pixels; leaving both parameters blank (as above) will center the menu on screen. The fifth parameter types the text (here, the menu choice, stored in an array).

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