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Macros, tips, and templates for Corel® WordPerfect® for Windows®
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Other Authors
(alphabetical order)

  Mike Fitzhugh
•   Ron Hirsch
•  John Land
•  Roy ("lemoto") Lewis
•  Doug Loudenback
•  Gordon McComb
•  Lindsay Rollo
•  Charles Rossiter
•  Jim Shackleford 
Questions about items on this page? Please direct them to the original authors.[N.B.: Not all of the macros or other materials on this page have been tested by Barry MacDonnell, but all are from reputable sources.]

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Descriptions / Downloads
Mike Fitzhugh
PerfectScript Array Theory: Beginning to Intermediate
[115-page PDF file]

"... is primarily aimed at amateur macro writers who’ve grown too big for their old britches but whose new ones still drag on the ground and trip them up—people who score some initial successes with macros (who have, for example, worked their way through Doug Loudenback's excellent Common Person's Macro Manual) and then get ambitious, only to be given a rude awakening by intransigent arrays. The context for this exploration of arrays is PerfectScript, the WordPerfect macro language. Syntax aside, much of this material applies to arrays in programming languages other than PerfectScript, but I don’t have a computer-science degree and my knowledge of other languages is spotty; if you’re interested in general array theory, this may not fulfill your needs."

See some reviews of Mike's document at WordPerfect Universe here.

Download PERFECTSCRIPTARRAYTHEORY.ZIP (10/25/2018; 589,047 bytes)
Ron Hirsch

Download REPLACE.ZIP by Ron Hirsch (35,616 bytes)

Contains 2 macros:

Replace Codes - Plus.wcm (v1.04)(Minor update 01/24/18) - for WordPerfect version 9 (c. 1999) and later.

[Modified by Barry MacDonnell (with permission).]

Replace font size via menu.wcm (see below).

For other macros by Ron Hirsch - see below.


For a similar macro see 
Replace Codes by Barry MacDonnell

This related macro (listed in the main Library) can also search for a menu-chosen text attribute wherever found in the document and then change it to something else — such as replace underlines with italics.

From the macro's menu
(screen shot) you can choose from a drop list of 16 attributes to find; then choose to either -

[1] replace it wherever it is found with a different attribute (or a style), or
[2] add an attribute to it (i.e., augment it), or
[3] simply remove the attribute.

An option lets you pause at each item found to allow you to either process it or skip to the next item.

Unlike Ron's macro it it does not have the option to remove underlying text (but see some cautions below when using any macro to delete taxt).

The Replace Codes.wcm macro can be downloaded in the Library here.

■  Replace Codes - Plus.wcm (v1.04; 01/24/18)


This macro can change, augment (i.e., add to), or remove text attribute codes such as -

▸ bold
double underline
small caps

"... Codes can be turned off, added to, or deleted. While it is possible to do code deletions via WP's search and replace feature, changing codes in a large document can be a long and arduous task without the use of a macro to do the work." [-Ron Hirsch]

When played a menu will appear (screen shot):

In addition to presenting several choices relating to specific format codes, four options on the bottom of the menu allow you to -

•  start at the top of the document or the current cursor location;
•  pause and prompt you for each change;
•  work inside headers, footers, footnotes, and endnotes; and/or
•  delete both the chosen item's codes and the text between them.

For example:

•  You can change all underlines to italics (or vice versa), or all bold words to bold underlined redlined words, or add highlighting to all (or some) words to which another attribute was already applied.
(For Strikeout and Redline, be sure to see the related tip below.)

•  You can delete chosen text attribute codes by simply clearing (un-ticking) one or more boxes on the right-hand side of the macro's menu.

•  You can delete chosen text attribute codes AND the text to which they were applied — also useful for removing "draft" text or other annotations.

•  You can replace (e.g.) bold text attributes (format codes) in the document with a custom character style containing the same bold attribute, to make it easier to change the style's attributes later throughout the document by changing any one instance of the style. [This is one of the main advantages of using a style. For more on styles, see here.]
Important notes and tips for Replace Codes - Plus

☼  Format or navigation codes located inside styles, text variables, or delay codes in your document cannot be replaced or augmented with this macro — or even with WordPerfect's own Edit, Find and Replace.

This is a design limitation of WordPerfect (at least in recent versions). Searches — either manual or using a macro — cannot "see" inside such code "containers".


▸ See the tip about File, Document, Remove Markings under the Strikeout and Redline section below.

General solutions:

You can edit the [Style] or [Delay] code by double-clicking on the code in Reveal Codes, then remove the specific codes.

Alternatively, you can replace styles that contain unwanted codes with a different style (or just remove the styles) using a macro such as ReplStyl.

Or you can (e.g.) remove the styles but leave their included format codes behind with Format, Styles, <choose the style>, Options, Delete, "Leave formatting codes in document," OK.

☼  Applying a custom style as a replacement for a text attribute:

New in version 1.02 (for WP9 and later versions only) is the ability to apply a style to replace an existing format attribute.

For example, you could replace highlighted text with a custom format style (that may also contain highlighting).

Since a style can contain more than one format attribute (a style is like a container of several formatting codes and/or text) this may be useful under a variety of circumstances.

Plus, once you apply a style, it is easy to change the "look" of the style wherever it appears by simply changing one instance of that style.

If you later need to replace the new style with another style, you can use the REPLSTYL macro. (REPLSTYL can also remove a style.) You can also include codes in a style to mark the style (thus, any instance of it in the document) for inclusion in a Table of Contents.

When applying styles to replace format attributes:

•  The style you want to use must exist in the current document. When asked, be sure to enter the name EXACTLY as it appears in the document's Style List (on the text property bar, or shown in Format, Styles).

•  For the purpose of the Replace Codes - Plus macro, styles can be either Paragraph styles or Character styles. However, Paragraph styles will affect the entire paragraph to which they are applied, which may or may not be what you want. (They should work well if the original formatted selection was also a paragraph.)

•  On the other hand, Character styles will affect only text bracketed by the pair of format codes that you chose from the main menu's left group, and probably are the most useful.

•  Note that Document ("Open") styles will not work properly in this macro since they have no ending ("off") codes; therefore, use only Paragraph or Character styles.

•  If you enable the "Stop at each item..." option on the dialog that appears when you choose to appply a style (or if you choose the "Prompt..." option from the main menu) you will see the effects of applying the style to a particular item. If you don't like the result, you can Quit at that point. (Any changes can be undone with Edit, Undo (or Ctrl+Z).)

☼  Applying highlighting in WordPerfect X4 and later versions:

In these WordPerfect versions, if you use Tools, Redaction during draft document creation, Redaction codes ([Redact:Mark]) will be inserted in the document.

These appear to act like (gray) highlighting and they might be removed
if highlighting is applied or if [Highlight] codes are removed globally by the macro.

Be careful when applying (or removing) highlighting in such a document. You don't want to accidentally remove "markers" for text that should be redacted. It is better to convert the document to a redacted version first, whereupon the Redaction codes will have done their job. For more information about this issue and some macro code snippets, see this PDF document.

The default highlight color (bright yellow) used by the macro when adding highlighting is coded into the macro (at about line 36) with the command -

HighlightColor (Red: 255; Green: 255; Blue: 0; Shade: 100)

If you remove or comment out this command ("//"), you'll be able to preselect any highlight color before playing the macro.

In the same vein, you can set some other default color for the macro to use by changing the command's parameters (color values can be 0-255; shade values are 0-100).


To replace one highlight color with another wherever it occurs, simply play the macro and replace all existing highlighting in the document with something you aren't using in that document, such as the Shadow font attribute. Then set the new highlight color on the toolbar and play the macro again, replacing all Shadow attributes with highlighting. Or, you could use HILITERC (included in HILITE.ZIP) to change the color of existing highlighting in a document.

☼  To change attribute codes to plain text "markers":

See CODE2TXT, a macro that changes text surrounded by attribute codes (e.g., [Bold On]..[Bold Off]) to text surrounded by user-defined text markers (e.g., <B>..</B>), such as HTML tags, Folio markup codes, Ventura codes, etc.

☼  To change or augment existing multiple text attributes or other formatting applied to certain words or phrases in the document, such as changing italicized redline to Arial 10-point bold, see Footnote 2.

☼  To apply format attributes to specific words throughout the document in one pass:

Some other macros that can find specific words/phrases anywhere they appear in the document and add a font attribute (e.g., italics or redline) to all of them. See the footnotes here.


Deleting text characters marked with certain text attributes like Strikeout and Redline is a common editing task — but you should keep in mind that you could be deleting TOO much material when you use an automated method to delete these items.

Here's a little background information that should help.

•  Strikeout and redline font attributes are paired format codes — i.e., they have both an "On" code and an "Off" code. These "bracketing" attributes are typically applied from either the Format, Font menu or from a button on the Text property bar. [To apply them with a shortcut key see this tip on the main Tips page.]

[Side note:

These two font attributes are NOT
the same thing as deletions and insertions created with File, Document, Compare/Review — even though they may look the same on screen.

The Compare/Review feature (which is not available in some current editions or some early versions of WordPerfect) produces deletions and insertions using special codes that work differently from the ordinary strikeout and redline attributes discussed here.

Hence these Compare/Review codes are not processed by the Replace Codes macro.]

•  Like the Replace Codes - Plus macro above, you can use WordPerfect's own File, Document, Remove Markings dialog [Screen shot] to either -

[A] remove Redline codes, along with both Strikeout codes and the text to which strikeout was applied,

or -

[B] remove only Strikeout codes and the text to which they were applied.

These are the first two choices on that WordPerfect dialog. The other two choices relate to the Compare/Review feature which, as noted above, is a completely different feature (and not present in all editions of WordPerfect).

•  However, unlike the Replace Codes - Plus macro above there is NO option to pause at each item to ask for confirmation — something that might be highly desirable. The WordPerfect feature works globally on the document, not on individual redline and strikeout items.


•  Be especially aware that when using either of the two WordPerfect (i.e., built-in) Remove Markings methods (above) to remove Strikeout or Redline text they can also remove some other codes — including important bookmarks [see Tools, Bookmark] — that might exist in the strikeout text area (i.e., between the pair of [StkOut] codes).

Unless you are sure there are no bookmarks or other codes inside the strikeout/redline areas (e.g., you are simply working on plain text), it might be better to inspect those areas in Reveal Codes before manually removing their text, rather than automatically removing them with the WordPerfect Remove Markings feature.

•  Using WordPerfect's Remove Markings dialog to remove text can also leave unwanted spaces behind in the text's location. (The DeSpacer macro can remove extra spaces later.) Thus, you might prefer using the Replace Codes macro and enable the option to "Delete the chosen attribute and all its formatted text."

•  However, the same cautions when using Replace Codes - Plus apply about inadvertently removing some other format codes when using the delete attribute and text option (last macro menu checkbox).


The main takeaway is this:

Using any automated method to delete both paired format code(s) and the text to which the formatting was applied is easy and typically without issues. (You wanted to delete all the material, right?)

But always be aware that any embedded formatting will ALSO be deleted, including important bookmarks (see Tools, Bookmark).

This might — or might not — be important to you.

So consider searching for bookmarks
or other items (Tools, Bookmark — or just look in Reveal Codes) to see if any are important enough to relocate first or re-create later when deciding to delete paired codes and text.

■  Replace font size via menu.wcm (v1.01; 04/13/06)

(Included in Replace.zip above)

This macro has two basic operations:

(1) It changes one font size to another size, or
(2) it removes the specified font size throughout the document.

Notes and tips:

•  Changing one font size to another or removing a given font size in a document works only on paired [Font Size] codes, not on single [Font Size] codes -- i.e., codes that might be part of (i.e., embedded in) the document's initial style or other style, or in the default template.

Explanation: Paired font size codes are applied whenever you select some text and change the font size for that selection to a new value that is not the same as the "default" font size for the document.

•   You can specify decimal sizes in points (1 point = 1/72 inch). Just type the decimal size (e.g., 9.4 or 10.5) directly into the appropriate menu field(s) when you play the macro.

•  To replace multiple instances of one font type (e.g., Times New Roman) with another font type (e.g., Arial):

[From Jan Berinstein on WordPerfect Universe, 02/27/04:]

With the cursor at the very top of the document, invoke Find and Replace. Click the "Type" menu at the top of the F&R dialog box, then click "Specific Codes." In the sub-dialog that appears, click "Font," then "OK." You should be able to use pull-down menus to instruct WP to replace [the first font] with [the second font], and then click "Replace All." Be sure to repeat the process at least once, since I've found that it sometimes misses a few instances on the first pass.

■  Other macros by Ron Hirsch ...

[Each macro is in a separate ZIP file below (i.e., not
included as a part of Replace.zip above).]

AUTORUN2.ZIP - (05/30/03; 4,987 bytes) - AutoRun2.wcm is a macro that offers a FILE>OPEN window and plays some user-specified macro code automatically when a document is opened. See the instructions at the top of the macro code.

CLEANUP.ZIP - Clean up e-mail line formatting.wcm - A macro to clean up email messages copied into WordPerfect. The macro removes hard returns within paragraphs (so that they will wrap properly), line breaks, extra spaces, ">" and "<" symbols, etc. See the comments at the top of the macro's code. Uploaded 11/1/99; 4,083 bytes. See also FixMsgs in the Library, which offers similar capabilities.

FORMFILL.ZIP - FormFill 2001b.wcm - A macro to facilitate filling in preprinted (paper) forms using WP and your printer. Useful if you need to fill in the same form many times. See also "Filling in forms using WordPerfect". Uploaded 9/1/02; 30,934 bytes. (Works in WP10.0.0.719 - Ed.)

GREENBAR.ZIP - GreenBar table format.wcm is a macro that formats tables to mimic 3-row "green bar" fanfold paper using gray table cell fills that alternate every 3 rows with no fills. Uploaded 2/16/00; 7,711 bytes. See also RowLines in the Library.

GRIDS.ZIP - Watermark Grid.wcm - A macro that generates various watermark grid designs in a watermark. Great for quickly printing sheets of graph paper as well as setting up a grid under body text. The user can set up whatever grid sizes and rows/columns that are desired; lines and fill areas can have colors selected by the user. Uploaded 10/27/00; 10,134 bytes.

MACROTIP.ZIP - Macro Tips and Tricks. A short WP document to help beginners write their own macros. Uploaded 2/21/00; 8,107 bytes.

MACROS_2.ZIP - More Macro Tips and Tricks. Contains 4 files, a WPD and 3 WP8/9 macros. According to the author, "These files are the basis for a learning experience in WP for macros and dialog boxes. The 5-page document details the exact procedure for recording a simple macro. It then provides the steps necessary to construct a dialog box in that macro. Each step of the way is clearly presented, with commentary where applicable. The three macro files are stages in the construction of the final macro which is the third macro file. This final macro is complete, with numerous notes, and commentary contained within the body of the macro." Uploaded 2/25/00; 22,289 bytes.

SPECPAPR.ZIP - Special Paper Sizes - Rev 5d.wcm - A macro that fools WP and your printer into accepting any paper size. Cures problems with some printers that can't properly print special size pages. Uploaded 12/11/01; 20,547 bytes. Not tested under WP10 but should work in that version.

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John Land
Download JLMACS80.ZIP (963,987 bytes).

Over 160 WordPerfect for Windows macros in a ZIP archive file. Documentation included.

Written for WordPerfect Office Suite 8 (c. 1997) (and presumably for several earlier versions), but many probably work in later versions.

Originally published on CompuServe.


These are unsupported macros that were placed in the public domain by the author.
If you aren't sure if these macros are for you, you can download the JLMACRO.WPD document -or- read it here online to see their descriptions and suggestions.

They are provided here primarily for those who remember John's macros and who might want to explore them again. In other words, for historical reasons. I have not used most of them and I have not tested the remainder in the collection, so I cannot offer any recommendations other than the comments below.

EXAMPLES in the download ZIP file:

•  One of the most useful macros in John's collection is #WATERMK.WCM:

"...inserts a stamp vertically in the left margin [or any of 8 other locations] using Watermark B. Includes DRAFT, REDLINE, RESPONSE REQUIRED, RESPONSE OPTIONAL, INFORMATIONAL ONLY, CONFIDENTIAL, COPY, SECOND COPY, and SAMPLE, you can also specify your own, including point size and gray shade. The general position on the page and rotation (in 90 degree increments) can be specified." [See screen shot.]

Tip: Once the watermark stamp is created it can be edited by double-clicking the [Watermark] code in Reveal Codes, then double-clicking on the [Box] code that contains the stamp. You could add a date or other information to the stamp.

[See also Document stamper.wcm in DocStamp.zip in the Library.]

•  Another good example of John's work is #FIX.WCM (FIX TEXT PROBLEMS):

Fix line endings by removing occurrences of extra spaces before or after hard return codes, page codes, table cells, etc., and fix the endings of footnotes and endnotes to delete unwanted spaces, HRt codes, tabs, and indents.

Delete excess HRt codes to at most 2 in sequence.
[See also DelExtraHR.wcm included in the 3-macro suite, DelCodes.zip.]

Change single HRt codes to spaces (useful for cleaning up imported ASCII text files); leaves alone a sequence of HRt codes separating paragraphs.
[See also LineWrap.wcm in LineWrap.zip.

Change typewriter "quotes" to "fancy" printers quotes (a/k/a typographical quotes).
[See also ConvertQuoteMarks.wcm included in the 2-macro suite, QC.zip.]

Deletes "empty" attribute pairs in a document (e.g., [UND][und], with no printable characters in between).
[See also DelPairs.wcm included in
the 3-macro suite, DelCodes.zip.]

Converts paired hyphens to a single printers em dash or en dash, or a hyphen character to a hyphen, or a "[space] hyphen [space]" to an en dash. The macro inserts an "invisible soft return" before and after each em dash, and after (not before) each en dash, so that words divided by dashes can break at the end of a line.
[See also Dashes.zip.]

Converts double spaces to single spaces.
[See also DeSpacer.wcm here,
which accounts for bookmarks or other codes that might be found inside a string of space characters, unwanted single spaces adjacent to certain other codes, etc.]

Delete extra spaces in a document to at most 2 in sequence.
[See also DeSpacer.wcm in DeSpacer.zip.]

Convert spaces to left tabs or left indents (you can select the minimum number of spaces to search; the default is 3).

Convert left tabs to left indents.

•  #PAR2TXT.WCM converts WordPerfect's outline paragraph numbers (those created with Insert, Outline/Bullets & Numbering...) to ordinary text numbers.

Note: For WordPerfect 8 and later, download PAR2TXT.ZIP here (7,101 bytes) which contains a slightly modified version of the macro that has been tweaked to run under WP8+. But also note that the macro will convert other paragraph styles (e.g., Heading 2) to ordinary body text. [For a simple manual alternative see here.]

•  #PARCONV.WCM - does the opposite:

"Searches and replaces text paragraph numbers (e.g., 1.1, 1.11, 1(c), etc.) and replaces them with automatic paragraph numbering codes. Useful for converting a document keyed in with fixed character paragraph numbers. Position dependent and independent paragraph codes can be selected.

Note that ANY paragraph beginning with a 1-6 character "word" AND having a ( or ) or . within the word is considered to be a paragraph number. Thus, a paragraph BEGINNING with "U.S.A." WILL have the "U.S.A." converted into a paragraph code. Accordingly, this macro normally should be used in prompted mode.

Can also be used to add paragraph numbers to existing "plain" text that has no text paragraph numbers; this forces prompted mode."IMPORTANT: You probably will want to edit the macro as follows:

- Change the Application line to Application (A1; "WordPerfect"; Default!)

- Comment out ("//") all the Display() commands — there are eight of them — except the Display(On!) command that immediately follows DialogShow ("menu";"WordPerfect"). There should be a Display(On!) command active at that point (but not a Display(Off!)). Crude editing, but effective.

- The macro defaults to numbering paragraphs with the standard "Numbers" outline style, but this can be changed in the vLevel[] array at the end of the macro code.

•  For macro writers: John's _CODES.WCM macro shows codes and numerical character values of the item to the left and right of the cursor. You can move the cursor and the display is automatically refreshed, allowing you to see multiple codes while the macro is running. For WordPerfect 8 and later versions.


▸ A slightly modified version of _CODES.WCM, renamed ShowCodes.wcm, can be found in the CODECHAR.ZIP file by Lindsay Rollo (see below). It now shows the actual character to the left and right of the cursor.

NUMCONV.ZIP (8/8/00; 28,551 bytes) - Need to change numbers or dollar amounts to words? Here are two slightly modified versions of John Land's ^numcnvt.wcm macro to convert numbers (123, $123.45, 12%) to words ("One Hundred Twenty-three..." etc.). The "S" (short) version leaves off the trailing parentheses that enclose the original numerals.
[See also Mike Koenecke's ConvNum macro (linked on the main Tips page).]

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Roy ("lemoto") Lewis

DOFOLDER.ZIP - "In a Dialog you select a folder; in a second Dialog you choose a macro. Then DoFolder runs that macro on each file in the folder."
Many other macros and other items by Roy Lewis are directly downloadable from his web site at https://www.lemoto.org.uk/corel/mcMenFl.htm and https://www.lemoto.org.uk/corel/mcKyBd.htm.

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Doug Loudenback
Doug Loudenback is a retired attorney from Oklahoma and was a frequent contributor to WordPerfect Universe. He originally published these as individual PDF files on his website (now closed) but he has graciously agreed to allow posting the (slightly renamed) archive files here.

CPMACMAN.ZIP (7,914,915 bytes) - A Common Person's WordPerfect Macro Manual

Contains all 12 chapters (192 pages) in one PDF fle, originally published in 2004 but still useful today. Note: The document is searchable; however, original navigation links are broken.

MERGE2WP.ZIP (410,890 bytes) - Using WordPerfect's Merge To Create Mailing Labels From Quattro Pro

A 4-step PDF tutorial (7 pages) with lots of screen shots. The method is described for Quattro Pro, but it can also be used with Microsoft Excel or a WordPerfect table as the data source.

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Gordon McComb

See Gordon's page of free macros -- now on the Wayback Machine internet archive -- at


COUNTER8.ZIP for WP7, WP8, WP9, and later. (16Kb)
COUNTER6.ZIP for WP61 (Windows 3.1) (16Kb)

[These two files can be found on the Wayback Machine here under the names "Counter for WPWin 7/8" and "Counter for WPWin 6.1". They were renamed here to avoid conflicts with the author's own COUNTER.ZIP and to allow storing them in the same download folder.]


"Counter is a generic counter system for WordPerfect for Windows. It keeps track of one or more counters in documents; the counters are for automatically incrementing numbers, such as invoice numbers, order numbers, and customer numbers. Can be used with any document or template. Counters are configured by editing a simple text file; there is no need to alter the macro engine. Distributed free, and comes with documentation. For use with WPWin 7 and 8 (Windows 95); not for use with WPWin 6.x or WPWin 7 for Windows 3.1."

NOTE 1: COUNTER8.ZIP is also bundled inside Barry MacDonnell's INVOICE.ZIP. Barry's Invoice.wcm macro can (optionally) use Gordon's Counter.wcm to create an automatically incrementing invloice number at the time the invoice is generated by the macro. Invoice.wcm with Counter.wcm work together very well under Windows XP and WP9.

NOTE 2: If you use WP6.1, use COUNTER6.ZIP instead of COUNTER8.ZIP.

(No support or warranty is offered for these two macros.)

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Lindsay Rollo
•  INDEXING.ZIP (08/24/08; 296,876 bytes) - Includes three macros and a PDF document (Indexes and Indexing.pdf) which outlines an approach to creating indexes; identifies alternative methods of selecting and marking index entries; demonstrates a technique for creating multiple indexes to any document; lists macros designed to assist indexing; and provides an example of a suitable index format.

•  Creating Custom Keyboards.pdf (08/07/08; PDF file, 597,521 bytes) - The document outlines the advantages of personal or project keyboards, and illustrates how to assign features, text, programs, and macros to keyboards and templates. It includes a method of recording the assignments. [See also Assigning a macro, feature, program, or string of keystrokes to a key or key combination (i.e., a "shortcut" or "hot key").] 

•  TRANSLATE.ZIP (12/30/05; 35,631 bytes) - This package comprises four macros and an explanatory document. It was developed to process translated documents but may also be used with English third party documents. Co-incidentally the macros can provide items for inclusion in indexes, and glossaries.

◦  MisSpelt.wcm captures as a list all text entries identified by the
Spell Checker as 'mis-spelt' or not already added to a custom

◦  CleanUp.wcm removes punctuation and other characters and some codes from lists, sorts the list and deletes duplicate entries. Additional or alternative characters and codes can be easily added.

◦  ExtractLC.wcm separates into two documents list entries with an
initial upper case or lower case character.

◦  Hyphen_Dash.wcm substitutes the WP CharSet value 4,33 [-] for a hyphen.

•  CODECHAR.ZIP (11/23/04; 123,924 bytes) - Finding and Using Codes and Characters in WordPerfect Macros

Knowing which character or code precedes or follows the cursor may be an important factor in making a macro work successfully -- such as when the macro needs to "know" what code or character is adjacent to the current cursor position.

The included WordPerfect document assembles information about using the system variables ?Left/?RightCode :: ?Left/?RightChar to find codes and characters in WordPerfect macros.

Some macro tips and code fragments are included, together with guides to additional resources and other details that affect the use of variables and commands.

A macro (ShowCodes.wcm) is also included. The macro displays a small movable dialog on screen [sample image] that remains on screen until dismissed; you can then move the cursor in Reveal Codes and the dialog will show the current code or character's numerical values to the left and right side of the cursor. You can then use the value(s) in your own macro when you move to, or around, a particular area in the document.

•  SPACES2TAB.ZIP (8/22/04; 4,702 bytes) - Searches for and deletes all occurrences of multiple spaces and substitutes a LeftTab code. Particularly useful when tabular material converted from other programs use multiple spaces to preserve visual appearance of the original document or table. Can be easily modified to substitute a single space or other character or code in documents. 

•  PGLNNO.ZIP (07/18/04; 22,690 bytes) - "Page-Line-Number" - A macro written by New Zealand author Lindsay Rollo that finds a specified character string in a document and records in a second document the page number, line number, and type and location of each string's occurrence. [See also PageLine in the main Library, which can produce a complete page- and line number Index.]

•  SPACES.ZIP (98,375 bytes) - WordPerfect users who produce self-published documents, prepare them as camera-ready copy, or who generate PDF files will appreciate this archive file. It includes a free font, space.ttf, to produce typographical hard spaces, which improve readability in headings, measurements, etc.

WPWIN does not provide for typographic spaces - that is, fixed spaces of various widths that are proportional of the base font size. At least three typographic spaces are usually available in dedicated DTP programs.

This archive file includes a TrueType font for creating typographic spaces [licensed for personal use], and explanatory notes and examples about the uses for typographic spaces in general documents of all types and particularly for compliance with ISO standards and academic publishing standards in scientific, technical and professional journals, reports and publications. The notes are in PDF format, and include a macro example for WordPerfect.

Incluided in the above ZIP file is a separate zrchive file, SPACERS.ZIP, which contains six macros. These macros can be assigned to keystrokes such as Alt+1, Alt+2, etc., to automate the insertion of typographical spaces. 

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Charles Rossiter

Download ALLROSSITERMACROS.ZIP (253,057 bytes; 1 May 08)

The ZIP archive contains a WPD document and these macros:

•  AppBarMsg.wcm - (WP9+) To display messages at the bottom right of the screen:

Page X of Y
Word count
Character count
User-defined message

•  CharCount.wcm (WP9+) - To provide word, character and white space counts for main text, footnotes, endnotes, headers/footers, text boxes and comments separately. May be applied to whole document or to selected text. The results may be written to the clipboard and so be pasted into the current or a new document.

Tip: For those who need an exact number of characters per line, here is an easy technique from Charles posted on WordPerfect Universe (and a downloadable style for those who want a finished product) that can produce (e.g.) 63 characters per line. Note that this requires a monospace font such as Courier New.

•  CleanSave.wcm - To save a file with a refreshed internal header, with old metadata removed.

Saves the file with original date and time (optional).
Saves with the original document summary (optional).
Saves with a backup file (optional).
Saves with default font settings and language settings.

•  ConvertCaseInitialCaps.wcm (For WP10 and later versions) - To workaround a bug in WPWin10 [and later?], which causes the WPWin command Convert Case Initial Capitals to fail, if the Tools, Settings, Convert option "Do not use printer metrics" has been selected and written to the default template. The macro could be attached to the Edit, Convert menu.

[UPDATE: This WordPerfect bug seems to have been fixed in a later version of WordPerfect, since it doesn't now exist in (at least) WPX7. For a more flexible macro (i.e., more options) that was not designed as a fix for the problem, see Convert Case.wcm on the Toolbox site here.]

•  Delete Current File.wcm (NOT for WP8 - but see Shredder.wcm in the main Library) - To delete the file currently on-screen.

•  FloatingCellToolbar.wcm - Toggle the TableFormulaCellBar on/off for Floating Cells.

•  Julian.wcm - To calculate Julian dates, and numbers of days between 2 dates.

•  Margins Set.wcm (Not needed for WPWin8, but functions correctly) - To set margins for pages and labels. Correction for bug in WPWin9 and later. [See Footnote 1 below.]

•  NewSave.wcm - To save a file with a refreshed internal header. As CleanSave.wcm, but without the options.

•  QWManage.wcm - Manage QuickWords.

A. Create a 2 column table listing all QuickWords Abbreviations and their Expansions defined in the current, default and supplemental templates.

B. Restore QuickWords and their expansions from the output of option A created in a table with 2 columns of Abbreviations and Expansions.

•  Reverse Case.wcm - To reverse the case of selected text.

•  SMR.wcm - Macro for calculating the 95% confidence intervals for a Standardized Mortality Ratio, given the values of at least 2 of SMR, observed deaths, expected deaths.

•  SearchCodes.wcm - Dialog for displaying common codes to be searched for, and for deleting or replacing these codes from a document.

•  Style List.wcm - Creates a list of all document and outline styles in the default template.

•  TableAttributesRemove.wcm - Removes Table and Table Cell attributes; leaves table text attributes unchanged.

•  TextOpen_Save.wcm (WP9+) - To provide all options available for opening and saving Ansi/Ascii files.

•  WordCount.wcm (WP9+) - To provide word counts for main text, footnotes, endnotes, headers/footers, text boxes and comments separately. May be applied to whole document or to selected text. The results may be written to the clipboard and so be pasted into the current or a new document.
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Jim Shackleford

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. 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.

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:

You can 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.

1. Click on Format, Styles, Create. This brings up the Styles Editor.

2. 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."

3. In the Contents field of the Styles Editor, enter (or paste) your text. Format it if desired.

4. 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.


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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