Use a screen reader to create a macro in Word

Use a screen reader to create a macro in Word

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Use Word with your keyboard and a screen reader to automate frequently used tasks by creating and running macros. We have tested it with Narrator, JAWS, and NVDA, but it might work with other screen readers as long as they follow common accessibility standards and techniques. You'll learn, for example, to create a macro that inserts a letterhead with your name and address.


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Create a macro

To create a macro, record the sequence of steps used to perform the task you want to automate.

  1. To open the Record Macro dialog, press Alt+W, M, R.

  2. Type a name for your macro, and then press Enter. The name cannot contain spaces.

  3. Record the macro by performing the commands or pressing the keys for the steps in the task. Word records your keystrokes.

  4. To pause recording, press Alt+W, M, P.

  5. To resume recording, press Alt+W, M, R, R.

  6. To stop recording, press Alt+W, M, R.

Run a macro

To run a macro, select the macro from the Macros dialog.

  1. To open the Macros dialog, press Alt+W, M, V.

  2. Press the Down arrow key until your screen reader announces the macro you want, and then press Enter to select. Word automatically performs the steps recorded in the macro.

See also

Use a screen reader to insert and change text in Word

Keyboard shortcuts in Word

Basic tasks using a screen reader with Word

Set up your device to work with accessibility in Microsoft 365

Use a screen reader to explore and navigate Word

Technical Support for customers with disabilities

Microsoft wants to provide the best possible experience for all our customers. If you have a disability or questions related to accessibility, please contact the Microsoft Disability Answer Desk for technical assistance. The Disability Answer Desk support team is trained in using many popular assistive technologies and can offer assistance in English, Spanish, French, and American Sign Language. Please go to the Microsoft Disability Answer Desk site to find out the contact details for your region.

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