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Toolbox for WordPerfect

Macros, tips, and templates for Corel® WordPerfect® for Windows®
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Page updated Sep 2, 2009

Quickly set relative font sizes and other attributes
(example of a "two-keystroke" macro)

Download QWIKSET.ZIP (v1.01; 2/17/05; 6,457 bytes)

Compatible with WordPerfect 8 and later versions

WordPerfect 11 users: See important information about using macros in the first release of WP11 ( at the top of this page.

Downloading, Documentation, Modifications, and Support

You probably know that you can set relative font sizes and other font attributes with Format, Font, or by using a drop list from a property bar. But this typically takes several mouseclicks. The macro included in the download file will let you set the following sizes and attributes with two keystrokes.

  • fine size
  • small size
  • normal size
  • large size
  • very large size
  • extra large size
  • 2 points down
  • 2 points up
  • superscript
  • subscript
  • bold
  • italic
  • underline
  • double underline
  • outline
  • shadow
  • small caps
  • redline
  • strikeout
  • hidden


  • Download the ZIP file on the left, and extract the macro to your default macros folder (as shown in Tools, Settings, Files, Merge/Macro).
  • Open WordPerfect and assign the macro to a keystroke -- such as <Alt+Z>. [For help with assigning macros to keys, see this page.]
  • Then, simply press <Alt+Z> and when the menu appears, you can press the key associated with each of the font sizes and attributes. You don't even need to press <Enter>. The macro will then apply the chosen attribute to any previosuly selected words or, if none were selected, to the word at the cursor location. Then the menu will disappear from view. This is much easier and faster than drilling down into the Format menu!

This is an example of how to create a "two-keystroke" macro. The technique could be used to produce a macro that would use any two keystrokes (one to bring up the menu and the following one to perform some function). Folks who remember WordStar and long for its simple menu could create several two-key macros to perform any of the same functions.


See the HiLiteMenu.wcm macro in the HiLite archive. It allows you to apply various colored highlighting to selected text or the word at the cursor location with two keystrokes (or with a menu pushbutton).

NOTE for macro writers: The macro makes use pushbuttons and a Switch command so that the menu dialog is instantly dismissed. Other methods to create two-key macros can be found here.