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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.