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 2016, 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:
- Read Improve Your Writing with Macros to learn what macros are and what they can do for your writing. (4 minutes)
- Read Enable Word to Run Macros to be sure the Developer tab is showing in the ribbon. (4 minutes)
- Watch a video to learn how to add a macro. (1 minute)
- Watch a video to learn how to run a macro. (1 minute)
- 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)
- Type the word "macro" into the search function on this blog for more macros that you can try. (free play!)
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, see Troubleshooting Word Macros, by Sarah Pike.
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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