What is a macro?
A macro is a WordPerfect file
with a ".wcm" filename extension.
a series of commands that perform one or more tasks in a robot-like
fashion whenever you play the macro (with Tools, Macro, Play
or the equivalent shortcut key).
With some exceptions, the commands inside
a macro file imitate what you could do using your mouse and/or keyboard,
if you recorded each step. (The exceptions involve commands that
cannot be recorded or that involve logic or branching operations.)
Note that a macro file can be opened, viewed,
and edited like an ordinary document, but the best way to view
or edit its contents is with Tools, Macro, Edit.
Most of the time, you need not be concerned
with a macro's internal commands, unless you are interested in
learning to write or edit your own macros; however, many of
the macros on this site have additional information or instructions
at the top of the main macro code that is directed at you, the
typical user. (There may also be a redlined section in the
macro's code that you can modify, something usually called the
"User Modification Area.") Simply follow the instructions
to modify various macro defaults, such as initial menu choices
or initial values for the macro to use when it processes a document.
Then you can click the Save & Compile button on the Macro
Property Bar to save your edits.
How to use the macros on this site
to download macros, where to put them, and how to use them.
Most macros on this site include comments,
instructions, or tips about their operation. You'll generally
find them on the macro's download page, and/or in a separate
document inside the downloadable ZIP file. [More
on ZIP files.] They also are found at the top of the macro's
code, in the form of ordinary text comments. (See previous column.)
Be sure to also read the information in the next section below.
☼ Want to play macros more easily?
You can assign a macro to a keystroke combination, menu selection, or
toolbar button (or property bar button) for quick and easy access. See here.
☼ Need help learning to create your own macros or templates? See here.