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Toolbox for WordPerfect

Macros, tips, and templates for Corel® WordPerfect® for Windows®
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Page updated Sep 9, 2015

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Customizing WordPerfect:

How to create or modify a

•  toolbar
•  keyboard
•  menu
•  template
•  style

Also see the main tips page (here) and a list of related tips pages (here)

Customize a TOOLBAR with new toolbar buttons

•  Create a new toolbar button to play a macro, load a program or a favorite file, send keystrokes to the document, or use a built-in WordPerfect feature that might not already be on a toolbar or menu.

Also -

¤  How to customize property bars: Adding, deleting, copying, and moving buttons on the context-sensitive Property Bars

¤  How to create a new, custom toolbar: Adding features, macros, and even external programs to a new toolbar; copying or moving toolbar buttons from one version of WordPerfect to another version, or from one toolbar to another toolbar; etc.

¤  Drag-and-drop shortcut icons from the Windows desktop to WordPerfect's toolbar or a property bar

¤  How to change (edit) the default ("audiocassette") icon images on the macro buttons on your toolbar

¤  Help creating your own macros and templates


Customize a KEYBOARD with new shortcut keys ("hot keys")

•  Assign a macro, feature, program, or string of keystrokes to a key or key combination (e.g., <Ctrl+1> or <Alt+Shft+m>).

Also -

¤  Note that many things are already assigned to some key combinations -- mostly navigation, insert/delete, and select text features. For more on keystroke "shortcuts" in WordPerfect for Windows, see Using CUA (WordPerfect for Windows) and DOS keystrokes, a three-page PDF reference (left-click to read, right-click to download)

¤  Advanced users: Make a key do "double duty" by assigning a macro to it, and make the macro play only if the key is struck multiple times (e.g., 2x, 4x, etc.)


Customize a MENU with new selections

•  Add new menu selections (or submenus) to the WordPerfect menu bar to play a macro, use a feature, load a program/folder/file, etc.

Also -

¤  While not a menu in the technical sense, you can create a vertical toolbar with text labels (instead of graphic icons) to quickly access your favorite folders, templates, and files. See How to Create a Vertical Toolbar with Text Buttons to Access Your Favorite Folders, Templates and Files (a PDF document; 145Kb).

¤  Create a "macro menu" to play other macros. See Mike Koenecke's MacroMenu.zip at http://www.macros.koenecke.us/. It uses a push-button display to make it easy to play any of your macros. User-customizable: Just open the macro for editing and replace the examples. Add your macro names to the first green-colored list, and the titles of the macros to the second green-colored list. (Note that the last item in each list does not terminate with a semicolon.) A second macro is included that allows choosing between playing the macro and editing it. You can play either macro from a toolbar button or keystroke combination (see tips above).


Customize a TEMPLATE to set up new documents

•  The default template: How to find it, modify it, or fix it.

•  The Additional Objects template: a second 'default template'.

•  Custom templates: Creating your own special purpose templates.

Customize a document with STYLES

•  Styles: types of styles - tips

•  Creating and applying custom text styles