Subscriber Gil recently asked:
I know how to create a macro in various programs like MS Office, Word, Excel, etc.
I do not know how to create a macro on the internet? If you know how to…
then will you help me please? I’d appreciate a simple explanation on how
to create one and maybe a simple example.
I wrote back to Gil to explain that I did not understand what he was trying to do. MS Office, Word, and Excel are programs that allow the user to create macros.
The Internet is a world-wide network of computers — it’s not a program.
The concept of a "macro on the Internet" does not make sense.
I wanted to know if he was thinking about a macro to use with his web browser, which lets you visit web sites? Web sites are only one thing that’s available on the Internet, but you get to them with programs called web browsers. Examples include Internet Explorer, Firefox and Opera.
Much of the data that flows over the Internet (remember, it’s a network of computers, not a specific program or set of programs) are data files for one type of program or another.
Let me clarify this…”the concept of a “macro on the Internet” does not make sense.”
Yes, I am thinking about a macro to use on my web browser, which lets me visit web sites. Often on these websites if you want to find out more about them, they have you press a button that asks for my email address or mailing address, etc. That’s what I’d like a macro for to easily give them the information they ask for with a macro. My web browser is Internet Explorer 7.
Now, could you help me?
Thank you Terry.
I wrote again to Gil to explain that the problem is that the program generally has to be programmed to allow for macros to be used.
Windows 3.1 and Windows 95 (I think) had a built-in keystroke recorder that could be used for macros. However, Microsoft took that function out several versions ago.
There’s not a Microsoft program to add macros to IE or anything else that was not written to support macros, although some programs like Microsoft Office include macro capabilities within them. However, if you do a Google search for
using macros in internet explorer
you’ll get several options.
I haven’t used any of these (I use Firefox, not Internet Explorer) so I can not recommend any nor can I say that any particular ones are safe to use. Try at your own risk.
I also suggested that, if he is going to use Internet Explorer, he should at least upgrade to Internet Explorer 8 for its security improvements over IE7.
Gil wrote back to say:
Terry, thank you very much for helping me put this macro issue to rest.
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