20-Minute Macro Course

3479600071_e07268c21f_mFree 20-Minute Macro Course

by C.K. MacLeod

Do you have 20 minutes to learn something new?

Macros may seem scary at first, but they're really not that difficult to use. And they can help you to see things in your writing that you'd not otherwise see.*

What You'll Need

  • Microsoft Word—I use Word 2010, so instructions for other versions of Word may be different. Word 2008 cannot run macros: sorry Mac users.
  • 20 minutes
  • A can-do attitude

The Shortest Macro Course Ever

Here are the steps:

  1. Read this post to learn what macros are and what they can do for your writing. (4 minutes)
  2. Watch a video to learn how to add a macro to Microsoft Word 2010. (30 seconds)
  3. Watch a video to learn how to run a macro in Microsoft Word 2010. (30 seconds)
  4. Now, add and run a macro in Microsoft Word. Copy and paste the script from the NeedlessWords macro into Word's VBA. Run the macro on your writing. Amazing, right? (10 minutes)
  5. Type the word "macro" into the search function on this blog for more macros that you can try. (5 minutes)

And that's it. It's not as scary as you think, is it?  Feel free to let me know how it went.

If you're having trouble getting macros to work, check out this post for Word troubleshooting tips. Thanks to author Sherrey Meyer for the link.

*Editors, I run writing macros on manuscripts for authors who like to take a more collaborative approach to editing. You can see the tool we use for collaboration here.

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Hat tip to my editing colleague, Cat London, who inspired me to write this short course for time-pressed editors (and writers).

Image by Derek Jensen

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