8 August, 2010
By Paul Beverley
The life of a professional editor is great: I sit in the comfort of my own home reading interesting books – and people pay me to do it! But some bits of the job are repetitious and tedious, and that's where macros come in: they do the boring bits and let me concentrate on engaging with the text. So, over the years, I have developed macros that help with a wide range of common tasks. And they're now available in a free downloadable book, Macros for Editors.
No. A macro is just a script that automates repeated tasks in Word documents. And you don't have to write macros to use macros. My book offers a range of over 400 macros written by editors for editors. To use them, you just have to learn how to load a macro into Word - and the book tells you how.
Here are a few of the most widely-used macros from the book. Imagine...
I hope these fire your imagination and encourage you to look at the rest of the macros. By picking the ones that best suit your way of working, you can save yourself a lot of time, and they will enable you to produce a more consistent output, especially in combination with PerfectIt.
Paul Beverley is an independent freelance editor who runs macro training sessions in the UK and overseas. His book, Macros for Editors, is available free of charge at www.archivepub.co.uk/TheBook.