Macro Explorer


By default Macro Express opens to the Macro Express - Explorer window. This window displays a list of macros contained in the file currently open. The Macro Explorer is the starting point for creating new macros or editing existing ones.


Left click on the Macro Express icon in the notification area or press the system macro Ctrl + Alt + Shift + W



The icons at the top of the Macro Explorer window are the primary method of navigating through the program. Clicking on any of these icons will initiate a different program function.



Macro Explorer

Returns to the Macro Explorer window if currently viewing the Recycle Bin. Otherwise this action is not available.

New Macro

Start the process of creating a new macro.

Edit Macro

The macro highlighted in the Explorer window is opened in the Script Editor in order to review or edit the macro script.


The Capture button starts the macro recording process.

Quick Wizards

Start the Quick Wizard module. The Quick Wizards prompt through the process of creating a macro.

Recycle Bin

The Recycle Bin button opens the Macro Express Recycle Bin which displays any macros that have been previously deleted. Permanently remove the macros from the Recycle Bin or restore one or more to the original macro file.



Use the Categories option to assign macros to user defined categories. With large numbers of macros created, the categories provide an easy way to locate macros for further editing, refinement, exporting, etc.


For example create a Password category to hold any macros containing important passwords or assign any MS Word specific macros to a MS Word category. This makes it easy to quickly find the macro needed.



Upon installation there are three default categories - System Macros, All Categories and Unassigned. These categories may not be renamed or deleted. Additional categories may be created as shown in this example. Since Macro Express allows more than one macro file to be open at a time, multiple sets of categories may be displayed - a set for each open file.


Note: A macro may only be assigned to one category.



The Macros section displays the list of macros in the file or category that is currently open. When saving macros in the editors, quick wizards or with a macro capture, the program will return to the Macro Explorer. The list of macro information is displayed in six columns.



The index column lists the macros in the order that they were created. The first macro created in the file displays as number 1, the second macro as number 2, etc.



Optionally assign a nickname to any macro to help more readily identify the purpose of the macro. Any not assigned a nickname display with a blank field.



The Activation column displays the method selected to execute the macro. This column displays the hot key combinations, any timed macros, the letter combinations used for any shortkeys or any other type of activation method chosen. If more than one activation is assigned to the macro, this column displays Multiple for that macro. If the Show Preview Pane option is selected highlight the macro to view all of the activations in this pane.



This column lists the macro scope, whether it is global, global except, window specific, program specific, a system macro, a popup menu or a floating menu.



This column lists the category to which the macro was assigned.



The Modified column displays the date and time that the macro was last modified.


Last Run

The Last Run column displays the date and time that the macro was last run.


Sorting Macros

To quickly sort the list of macros displayed, click on one of the column headers, Nickname, Activation, Scope, Category, Modified or Last Run. The macros will be sorted based on the column header selected. Click on the header a second time to reverse the sort order.


Right Click Context Menu

Right mouse click on a macro in the macro list to open the context menu. The menu options include Run Macro Now, Copy Macro, Edit Macro, Enable/Disable Macro, Recapture Macro, Delete Macro and Macro Properties.





Keyboard Shortcuts

Below is a listing of the Keyboard Shortcuts available in the Macro Explorer.







Find Again


Delete highlighted macro


Print macro list

Ctrl + N

New Macro