Macro Activations

Hot Key

A set of keys pressed to initiate a macro. This includes pressing CTRL+ALT+R, F3, Shift+F12 or over 700 other combinations.


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.


Executes a macro on a given time schedule.

Window Activated

A macro runs when a specific window gains focus (appears) on your computer.

Control Activated

The macro starts when a specific window control gains focus or is on top.

Mouse Click

Click on a specific area of the screen with the left, right or middle Mouse button to trigger a macro.

Popup or Floating Menu

The menu contains a list of defined macros. From the menu, click on the desired macro or press an associated number or letter to execute the macro.

Batch File or Command Line

A macro can be activated through a Batch File or Command Line.

Windows API calls or Windows File Explorer

Macros may also be activated through Windows API calls or Windows File Explorer.

Run Macro Now Option

Run a macro from the Macro Explorer by using the Run Macro Now option.

Macro Express Pro additional activation methods

Directory Modification

Looks for changes to files in a folder or to the folder. When the change is found, the macro runs.

Process Event

Initiates a macro when a process first starts or when it closes.

System Event

The macro starts when a change to the system is found.


Run a macro based on the contents of the clipboard.


Monitors when an Internet or Network connection has been made or released.