Getting Your Software to Do the Work for You: Scripting, Macros, Styles, and Templates
The Power of Styles: Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
Example Microsoft Word Documents
- Resume: Raw (DOCX)
- Example resume with no styles. Download this example document to play with styles on your own device.
- Resume: Styles Applied (DOCX)
- Example resume with styles applied, but formatting not finalized. Download this example document to play with styles on your own device.
- Resume: Fully Styled (DOCX)
- Example resume with styles applied and formatting finalized.
Microsoft Word Templates for You
- Example template with built-in styles. Download and modify for your own use.
More about Macros
- Tutorial: Visual Basic Macros in Microsoft Word (PDF)
- Microsoft Macro: Export Word Comments to Excel Spreadsheet
- Candace Ruiz's instructions for a macro that exports comments from Word into Excel. Thanks, Candace!
- Basic Macros in Photoshop: "How to Automate Anything in Photoshop"
- Advanced Macros in Photoshop: "How to Create Professional Photoshop Actions"
Save Time, Preserve Sanity, Improve Quality
While many applications have the ability to automate processes, few users take advantage of these time-saving functionalities. Automation often falls into one of three categories: 1) Macros - collecting individual tasks into a single meta-task, 2) Scripting - writing small snippets of code to automate processes, and 3) Styles and Templates - creating preset layouts and formatting systems that are reusable and can be automatically applied to new material.
This talk shows the power of automation to save time and produce a better product - two things of great value to both teachers and students. In order to familiarize participants with the different types of automation, I will demonstrate automation tools in Photoshop, Microsoft Word, and Finale (the industry-standard music notation software).
Look for Automation Opportunities in the Software You Use Every Day!