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Advice on creating and using Macros in the new Community.

Macros and how to use them. Following on from Allen_K's advice in the old forums.

Each forum user has the ability to create a number of macro's associated with their profile. These are a very useful way of saving things that you may want to regularly use in forum posts.

Once a Macro has been created it can be used in the text editor by clicking on the “Macros” box in the upper toolbar and scrolling down to select whichever of your macros you choose. The relevant macro will then be inserted wherever the cursor was before the macro was selected.

[Note: As they can only be used in the “widescreen” format of the new forums that is the layout assumed here.]

How to create a Macro.

Click “Account” at the top of any forum page. Then select the edit tab and scroll down to the “Macros” bar. Click on “Macros” or the arrow and the box opens to reveal the macros boxes which are in two parts. Label: the name by which the macro is identified in the drop down list of the text edit box, and Snippet: which is the body of the macro.

The snippet may just be a simple text string that you regularly want to use such as:

Welcome to the Norton Community Forums.

But it may contain anything that can legitimately be inserted in a text edit window such as smileys, images and links. However as the content of the snippet box can only be plain text this richer format of content has to be entered in the source code used by the text editor. So the best place to start creating a complex macro is to create the result you want in the text editor.

Create whatever you wish e.g.

Then select the “source” button at the top left of the edit button bars. This will show the “source” code you have created.

Highlight and copy this source text and paste it exactly as it appeared into the “snippet” box of your macro. Then once you have scrolled down below the Macros boxes on the Account Edit page and selected “Save” the macro will be available for you to use in future posts.

Mike
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Kudos0

Re: Advice on creating and using Macros in the new Community.

I am grateful to bjm_ for pointing out that you can also use the text editor that is available on the same page as the Macros.  Above macros on the Account-Edit page in the "Personal Information" box is space to enter some Biographical notes.  The box for this has all the normal text editing features (when in widescreen mode) and so, if you do not normally use the Biographical notes you may use this text editor to prepare the plain text for your macro.  If you do this make sure you clear out the Biography box before hitting "Save".  

Mike
Kudos0

Re: Advice on creating and using Macros in the new Community.

Very interesting and useful instructions. I created already a couple of macros and will definitely create a few more soon.

Thanks for the great help you keep providing.

Lin Yu

Kudos0

Re: Advice on creating and using Macros in the new Community.

Thanks Mike -- most valuable...

CAn anything be done to widen the drop listing of Macro titles -- mine transferred from old are mostly meaningless.

I've an image but I've lost the insert image command on the toolbar. Someone told me where to look in some unexpected location but I've forgotten. And it won't let me attach an image

<< Only files with the following extensions are allowed: txt pdf zip. >>

Hugh
Kudos0

Re: Advice on creating and using Macros in the new Community.

Click the Source button again.  It's the one two to the left of smilies.

A little bit of knowledge is... well a little bit of knowledge.
Kudos0

Re: Advice on creating and using Macros in the new Community.

Thanks for the advice using macros on this new forum.

Windows 10 Pro, 64 bit.