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Record a Macro

You can record a macro to automate your interaction with host applications, including:

  • Sending data to, or typing text in, a host application.
  • Cutting, copying, or pasting text or data from one host application to another.
  • Switching tabs to move from one host application to another.


You cannot record:

  • Interaction with Reflection settings and Productivity features (such as Spell Check, Auto Expand, and Auto Complete).
  • Connecting to or disconnecting from a host.
  • Interaction with Web applications.
  • Cutting or pasting from a host to an external application (for example, Notepad).

To record a macro

  1. Select the Tools ribbon.
  2. From the Macros group, click Record Macro.
  3. Perform the task(s) that you want to automate.
  4. (Optional) If you need to interrupt the recording to perform another task, click Pause Recording. When you are ready to resume recording, click Pause Recording again.
  5. When you are finished recording the macro, click Record Macro again.

    The Recording Complete dialog box appears.

  6. Name the macro, choose the location where you want to save it, and then click OK.

    Note: You can fine-tune recorded macros by using the Visual Basic Editor. For more information, see Edit a Macro.

Related Topics

Naming Macros

Edit a Macro

Recording Complete Dialog Box