How can I get started?

We’re not going to kid you that it’s easy getting started – but learning any new app or other technology has its challenges.

But there are ways to get help:

The Low-Tech Sampler
If you’re nervous of the technical side of things and would value the chance to just have a go at using a few of the more popular macro tools, then start with the Macros – Free Trial instructions. (The instructions are the same for PC and Mac.)

Very quickly, and with no real technical skill, you can load a dozen or so macros and immediately start to use them in your day-to-day work.

Learn the Essential Macro Skills
If you already know that you definitely want to get started with macros, then download a copy of the Macros from Square One worksheet. This is a more flexible, expandable approach. Step by step it will teach you the essential skills for starting to use macros in your daily editing.

Macros from Square One (Mac)
Macros from Square One (PC)

Classes
Both of the above are free, but if you want someone to offer personal help and encouragement, there’s EFA’s Word Macros A to Z course.

Also, the CIEP are developing paid materials about macros; when they are ready, we’ll flag them up on here.

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