What is a macro?

One of the things that many people don’t realise is that most of the applications they use everyday have the ability to automate many of the tasks they are performing. This automation is done via something known as ‘macros’.

So what are ‘macros’? They are basically programs that execute commands in an application. The most common macros appear in desktop applications like Word and Excel. Macros are embedded inside individual documents and spreadsheets allowing for different documents to contain different macros if required.

Imagine the situation where you open a new Word template and automatically it is formatted with your name and details as the editor, the current date field in the document is completed and a standard business logo is embedded onto the page. This could all be done by a macro, allowing you to save a lot of time and effort if you need to do tasks like this on a regular basis.

Another handy thing with macros in programs like Word and Excel is that you can record a set of actions and have that automatically saved as a macro for re-use. You can of course edit and extend these recorded macros if needed.

Working with macros generally requires an advanced level of IT skills and some experience with programming is helpful, however that certainly doesn’t stop anyone from implementing macros themselves. In fact, if you really want to, macros are a very, very powerful tool that can be extended far beyond the basic automation tasks mentioned here.

So, if you are looking to automate common tasks with applications macros are probably going to be your best friend. Remember that Correct Solutions can help you with your automation and macro needs so feel free to contact us on (02) 8831 8200 at any time to discuss your needs.

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