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How to share macros in MS Word 2002?
Thread poster: Nina Khmielnitzky

Nina Khmielnitzky  Identity Verified
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Dec 7, 2005

I've just had a class on advanced Word 2002 and learned how to create macros. Now, I would like to share them with my co-workers. I can't find any information about how to proceed in the help menu. Does anyone know how to do it?


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gianfranco  Identity Verified
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Copy your macros to a .dot file Dec 7, 2005

Dear Nina,

once you create a macro, (recording and/or writing it in Word-VBA), and after you have tested it in its first location (usually the file), you can move it to another template or .dot file and distribute it to anyone.

The same applies to any toolbar created to launch your macros, if applicable. Toolbars can be distributed via template files too.


[Edited at 2005-12-08 06:42]

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Jerzy Czopik  Identity Verified
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The macros are stored in your template Dec 7, 2005

So create a copy of it and give it to any of your co-workers.
Then they can use the Organise function to copy them from this template to their own templates.
The other possiblity is simply to share the, but this means that each one of you would then have all identical settings.

Here are the steps to do:

  • Make a copy of your and name it ie.
  • Distribute this template between your co-workers
  • To import the macros each of you should press ALT+F8
  • The Macro window appears
  • Press Organize
  • The Organize window appears
  • In the left pane open your
  • In the right pane open the
  • In the right pane select the macros to copy from the and press Copy

The macros are now stored in the You might be asked by Word to confirm, that you want to save the changes to the - confirm this, if you have checked, that the macros work.

Before you start with experimenting with the be sure to make a copy of it and keep it unchanged in a safe place.

Good luck

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Tsu Dho Nimh
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Load the template Dec 8, 2005

You can also "load" a template at startup - the way many add-ins to Word are loaded. Create a template that only contains the macros, and the default styles.

Send the template to the rest of the office - store it in a convenient place. You cna store it on a network, which means that one change will be seen by EVERYONE, immediately.

Link it to Word:

Tools/Templates and Add-ins ... Global Templates

Click ADD, browse to the template, and selet to always load it or not. You can load and unlaoad templates as you work.

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