With Macro Express you can create timesaving macros for specific applications and global macros that will work with any Windows program. Dozens of wizards are available to help you create the macros that will let you automate common computer tasks, including typing text, launching Web sites, downloading files, and creating reminders. Macros can be launched by hot keys, short keys, a window title, pop-up menu, or via a timed schedule. This version also supports the ability to send email. The email feature includes a built-in address book and a wizard that will prompt you for all options, including optional dial-up networking connection.
Macro Express is an incredibly powerful macro recorder and playback utility. Automate all of your common tasks by simply turning on the recorder, performing the actions one time, then calling up the macro when needed. Better yet, use one of several available wizards to create your macros. Macro Express will insert text or dates; launch programs and Websites; control your mouse; insert symbols, dates, or time; execute delays, pauses, and repeat loops; cut and paste to the Clipboard; perform window commands; and lots more. It's difficult to imagine a task that Macro Express can't automate. Use it globally or for specific programs, launching macros via Hot Key, ShortKey, mouse clicks, a pop-up menu, or a timed schedule. Create wizards, use the scripting editor, and more.
For more powerful and complex macros, it's easy to create if/then/else logic that examines variables and makes decisions based upon what it finds. The macros that you create can pause, wait for input, perform loop logic, resize windows, manipulate clipboard data, and make complex decisions.
Creating a Macro
A macro is a series of written instructions or recorded keystrokes and mouse actions. With a single keystroke, play back these actions at a much faster speed than can be performed manually. Eliminate wasted time and the risk of error that typically occur when performing repetitive tasks.
The program contains hundreds of commands to automate practically any function on the computer. These include keystrokes, mouse movements and clicks, launch programs, send email, window reposition and resize, variables, if then else logic, input boxes, questions, menus, ASCII delimited and text file processing, network connections, file manipulation, math calculations, waits, pauses, repeat loops and much more.
Macro Express provides several methods for building macros:
1. Over two dozen Quick Wizards guide you through a series of questions and build the macro for you.
2. Record keystrokes and mouse movements with the easy to use Capture process.
3. Utilize the Scripting Editor or Direct Editor to write more powerful macros.
Playing back a Macro
Macro Express and Macro Express Pro provide a number of methods for executing macros. These include the use of Hot Keys, Shortkeys, Scheduled Macros, Window Activation, Mouse Clicks, Popup/Floating Menus and others.
1. A Hot Key is a set of keys pressed to initiate a macro. This includes pressing CTRL+ALT+R, F3, Shift+F12 or over 700 other combinations.
2. A Shortkey is a small string of characters, such as abc, tr, or zzz. When a matching combination is typed, the text is erased and the assigned macro executes.
3. A Scheduled Macro executes on a given time schedule.
4. A Window Activated macro runs when a specific window gains focus (appears) on your computer.
5. A Control Activated macro starts when a specific window control gains focus or is on top.
6. Click on a specific area of the screen with the left, right or middle Mouse button to trigger a macro.
7. A Popup Menu or Floating Menu contains a list or menu of defined macros. From the menu, click on the desired macro or press an associated number or letter to execute the macro.
8. A macro can be activated through a Batch File or Command Line.
9. Macros may also be activated through Windows API calls or Windows Explorer.
10. Run a macro from the Macro Explorer by using the Run Macro Now option.
Use the macro scope properties to define when a macro can play back or not. Assign macros to play back in all Windows programs (Global), in only one specific window (Window Specific) or program (Program Specific), or in every program except the one you define (Global Except).
Macro Express allows you to create multiple files of macros. When first installing the program, two macro files, samples.mex and macex.mex, are installed. The samples.mex file contains a number of sample macros that may be used for reference. The other file, macex.mex, is the default file that may be used for creating macros. Or create a new file for this purpose.
Pentium or higher CPU, 25 MB hard disk space.
You can explore the extensive command structure for 30 days. Excellent online help and several examples are included to get you started.