How to Add a Macro to Word

By C. K. MacLeod Macros can help you to identify areas in your writing that need improving. You can also use macros for formatting and editing tasks. Some word processing programs, like Microsoft Word, can handle macros. You’ll find a list of writing macros you can try in the post Improve Your Writing With Macros, and… Continue reading How to Add a Macro to Word

How to Use FRedit: A Find and Replace Macro

by C.K. MacLeod Do you use Find and Replace in Word for editing tasks? Want to supercharge your mad Find and Replace skills? Here’s how. Recently, editor Paul Beverley contacted me to show me how FRedit, a macro that he wrote, can be customized to perform a bunch of useful writing and editing tasks. It’s… Continue reading How to Use FRedit: A Find and Replace Macro

A Macro for Commonly Confused Words

  By C.K. MacLeod Updated July 30, 2015 Thanks to Eliza Dee for suggesting a tweak that makes this macro even better (see the comments below for details)! The macro script has been updated. Adverse or averse? Assent or ascent? English contains many words that are easily confused—words that sound the same, but have different meanings and… Continue reading A Macro for Commonly Confused Words

Make Your Writing Readable with the Plain Language Macro

by C.K. MacLeod Updated March 14, 2019. Do you write or edit nonfiction? If you do, you need to know that readers are time pressed. One way to make the reading experience more accessible to readers is to find ten-dollar words in your writing and swap them out with simpler words that most readers will… Continue reading Make Your Writing Readable with the Plain Language Macro

Hunt Down Adverbs with a Macro

by C.K. MacLeod …the road to hell is paved with adverbs and I will shout it from the rooftops. ~Steven King Do you use -ly words in your writing? Do you use them with the dialogue tags he said and she said? Example: “Who do you think you are?” she said arrogantly. According to author Steven… Continue reading Hunt Down Adverbs with a Macro

Find Passive Words in Your Writing

Passive words can make your writing dull. Use this macro to find passive words so you can replace them with strong, active words. Word will highlight passive words in bright green. Copy the macro from Sub to End Sub and paste it into Microsoft Word’s Visual Basic Application (VBA). This free 20-minute macro course will show… Continue reading Find Passive Words in Your Writing