Running Word Commands: Word's 400+ Built-In, One-Step Macros

Word has more than 400 built-in commands that you can run as though they were macros. Many of these commands are the same as the commands already found on Word's menus and toolbar buttons. In some cases, though, there are commands that aren't found on any menu or toolbar button. In other cases, these commands provide a simpler or more effective approach to operations that you can perform with other commands.

Here are some of the built-in commands you might find useful:

  • Connect displays a dialog box that enables you to connect to a network drive.

  • FilePageSetup displays the Page Setup dialog box so that you can select a different printer or other printer options.

  • MicrosoftAccess, MicrosoftExcel, MicrosoftPowerPoint, and similar commands start the desired program, or activate it if it is already running.

  • GrowFont increases the font size of the current selection, and ShrinkFont decreases the font size accordingly.

  • Hidden applies the Hidden attribute to the selected text, without applying other properties of the Font dialog box. Selecting the command a second time turns the Hidden attribute off.

  • SaveTemplate saves the template that is attached to the current document.

  • InsertAddress inserts an address from your Outlook contacts list or Personal Address Book.

  • ToolsCreateDirectory creates a new folder under the current folder.

To run a built-in command as a macro, choose Tools, Macro, Macros (or press Alt+F8), and select Word Commands in the Macros In dialog box. Select the desired command in the Macro Name list and click Run.


As you explore Word's built-in commands, you might choose to add them to your toolbars or menus, or to assign a keyboard shortcut to run them quickly. Using Tools, Customize, Command, select All Commands in the Categories list. The Commands list displays the full list of available Word commands for customization.

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