Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
With Word 2013, you can automate series of actions that you
perform frequently. For example, suppose that you receive a
monthly report from which you need to copy a set of numbers
and paste them into a table in a new document. You can record
the entire sequence of actions as a macro and play it back each
month with a single click.
Word’s macros are written in Microsoft Visual Basic for Applica-
tions, which is a complete and powerful programming lan-
guage. Although recorded macros are useful, macros created
by knowledgeable programmers can greatly expand Word’s
capabilities by adding features and enhancing its interactions
with the other Office programs.
start and stop the macro recorder
1 On the View tab, in the Macros group, click the drop-down arrow in
the bottom part of the Macros button, and then, on the menu that
appears, click Record Macro. Alternatively, if the macro recording
icon is displayed on the status bar, click that icon.
TIP During recording, the cursor changes to a drawing of an
arrow attached to a cassette tape. The macro recording icon on
the status bar, if it is visible, changes to a solid square.
TIP The macro recorder cannot record mouse movements in
the document area, such as selecting text or dragging pictures.
Only keystrokes—including text editing and formatting—and mouse
clicks on command buttons are recorded.