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Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. If you are using a later version (Excel 2007 or later), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for later versions of Excel, click here: Recording a Macro.
If you have a repetitive task that is a good candidate for a macro, you can use the macro recording capabilities of Excel to turn your actions into a macro. To record a macro, follow these steps:
Figure 1. The Record Macro dialog box.
Excel displays the Stop Recording toolbar and starts recording everything you do. The actions you take become steps in the macro, and will be repeated when you later execute the macro. The Stop Recording toolbar is very small and consists of only two tools.
When you have finished the steps you want recorded in your macro, click on the stop button on the Stop Recording toolbar. The macro is then saved and available for use at any time.
ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (2923) applies to Microsoft Excel 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. You can find a version of this tip for the ribbon interface of Excel (Excel 2007 and later) here: Recording a Macro.
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