| Barry MacDonnell's
Toolbox for WordPerfect
Macros, tips, and
templates for Corel® WordPerfect® for Windows®
|Page updated Nov 6, 2013|
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Customizing WordPerfect -
Three easy ways to
or use special features
by creating your own
shortcuts ("hot keys"),
and menu selections.
See also -
|Customize your toolbars 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.
¤ 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
Customize your 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>).
¤ 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 your menus with new selections
Add new menu selections
(or submenus) to the WordPerfect menu bar to play a macro, feature,
¤ 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).