Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. If you are using a later version (Word 2007 or later), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for later versions of Word, click here: Using the Organizer to Manage Macros.

Using the Organizer to Manage Macros

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated May 10, 2014)

When you create macros in Word, they are stored in modules, which are, in turn, stored with either a document or a template.

You can use the Organizer to rename, delete, or copy macros and modules from one document or template to another. You can use the Organizer to work with complete modules, not individual macros.

To use the Organizer to manage your modules, follow these steps:

  1. Start the Organizer.
  2. Make sure the Macro Project Items tab is selected. (See Figure 1.)
  3. Figure 1. The Macro Project Items tab of the Organizer.

  4. Examine the left and right side of the Organizer. Each side can display modules in either a document or a template.
  5. Use the pull-down lists on either the left or right to indicate the template or document whose macros or modules you want to manage.
  6. If you cannot locate the desired template or document using the pull-down lists, click on the Close button on one side to "free up" an area. Then click on the Open button to locate and open the desired template or document.
  7. Select the module you want to copy, rename, or delete.
  8. Click on the Copy button to copy the module to the other document or template. If the target file already has a module with the name of the one being copied, you are asked if you want to replace it.
  9. Click on the Rename button to change the name of the selected module. The Organizer prompts you for a new name.
  10. Click on the Remove button to delete the module. The Organizer asks you to confirm your action. (This is a very good thing, as there can be many, many macros in a module.)
  11. Repeat steps 6 through 9 for each module you want to affect.
  12. Click on Close when done.

Note:

If you would like to know how to use the macros described on this page (or on any other page on the WordTips sites), I've prepared a special page that includes helpful information. Click here to open that special page in a new browser tab.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (1353) applies to Microsoft Word 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. You can find a version of this tip for the ribbon interface of Word (Word 2007 and later) here: Using the Organizer to Manage Macros.

Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

MORE FROM ALLEN

Deleting Freezes Computer

Sometimes a strange object or text may appear in your document, as happened to Sharon. To complicate the situation, her ...

Discover More

Word Styles and Templates (Special Offer)

Discovering how to use styles can really boost your proficiency with Word. Another way you can increase your proficiency ...

Discover More

Elapsed Days as Years, Months and Days

Need to know how many days there are between two dates? It's easy to figure out—unless you need the figure in ...

Discover More

Learning Made Easy! Quickly teach yourself how to format, publish, and share your content using Word 2013. With Step by Step, you set the pace, building and practicing the skills you need, just when you need them! Check out Microsoft Word 2013 Step by Step today!

More WordTips (menu)

Catching Single-Letter Spelling Errors

There have been times when I've reviewed my writing and found lots of "lone letters," detached by a single space from the ...

Discover More

Automatic Scrolling

Spend a lot of time scrolling around in your document? You might find one of Word's hidden scrolling commands to be a ...

Discover More

Auto Creation of an Acronym List

If you use a lot of acronyms in your documents, you may want a quick way to compile those acronyms and their definitions ...

Discover More
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in WordTips, a free productivity newsletter. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

View most recent newsletter.

Comments

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 6Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is six more than 7?

There are currently no comments for this tip. (Be the first to leave your comment—just use the simple form above!)


This Site

Got a version of Word that uses the menu interface (Word 97, Word 2000, Word 2002, or Word 2003)? This site is for you! If you use a later version of Word, visit our WordTips site focusing on the ribbon interface.

Newest Tips
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in WordTips, a free productivity newsletter. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)

View the most recent newsletter.