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How to Use Macros

In this support article, we cover the following topics:

  • What are macros?
  • How do I create a macro?
  • How to use macros when posting
  • How to use macros in private messages


What are macros?

Macros can be used to easily insert prewritten text that is frequently used (“boilerplate text”) into your messages. Having macros set up can save you a lot of time.


How do I create a macro?

  1. Sign into the community.
  2. Click My settings 1 My Settings.png


  3. Click on the Macros tab. 

    2 Macros Tab.png


  4. Type a name for the first macro in the Macro 1 Title box. Make the name short, but memorable. (You'll choose it by name from a menu later).
  5. Type the text you want to be able to paste in the Macro 1 box. You can use HTML tags in your macro. 3 Create Macro Text HMTL.PNG


  6. Enter names and text for your other macros.
  7. Click Save. 4 Save.PNG


How to use macros when posting

  1. Go to a Post page.
    The Macros menu is on the right side of the Post page toolbar. You can use a macro in any sort of post: a message, a reply, a comment, an idea, you name it. 5 Macros in Posts.png


  2. Click in the Subject or Body area where you want to paste the macro text.
  3. Open the Macros menus and choose the macro you want.
    The text of your macro appears wherever your cursor was. 6 Macro in Posts_2.PNG


How to use macros in private messages

You can use macros in private messages just as you can when composing a post elsewhere in the community. Once you have defined a macro in your profile, you can select it from the drop-down list that appears at the top, right-hand side of the editor: 7 Macros in PMs.png



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