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MacroMenu Is a must have tool for anybody that work with text manipulation, programming or is in the business of helping people by mail or on forums. MacroMenu's user interface is build as a menu system that can be customized in many different ways, setting colors, font and size. The graphic user interface is blazing fast and have full keyboard support, this combined with the fact that it's a menu gives you easy access to all your stored macros and clip items. There is even a full text incremental search, making it very easy to find what you are looking for, even when you forgot where you put it, a couple of letters and a few milliseconds, then you have it.  You can share menus or just branches of menus with your friends and coworkers, so that it is easier to maintain a consistent style in your work.  When you install the MacroMenu you get 6 different programs all merged into one:

ClipStore: Store text clips and paste them into any application.
MacroComposer: Build and store both simple and complicated keyboard Macros
ClipboardModifier: Build and store function sets for modifying text in the clipboard
MailTemplate: Store Emails and activate the emails with individual templates.
BookmarkMenu: Store and open webpages in selected browser.
Launcher: Store and run shortcuts for programs and files.

For a full description of all the features in MacroMenu take a look at the video and the full user guide below.

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Current version: 3.6.2.11.

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MacroMenu Quick Tour


Quick Tour    Create New Items    Delphi & C++ Builder

 

 

User Guide

Clipboard Modifier      Keystroke Macros

How To Use MacroMenu:

MacroMenu is a free floating menu and it is default set to auto-hide, this means that it will hide it self at the top of your screen until you move the mouse pointer to the top of the screen where MacroMenu reside. You must click MacroMenu to make it active. When MacroMenu gets activated it will remember the program that had the focus (was active) right before MacroMenu got activated. Now that MacroMenu is active you can browse the menus like any other Windows menu, by moving the mouse or you can use the keyboard to navigate. When you get to the right item you either click it or hit the Enter key to run its action. If the item is a Action, Website or Mail item the action will be called and MacroMenu will hide it self. If it is a Clip, Keystroke Macro or Clipboard Modifier item you activated, MacroMenu will start by giving back the focus to the previous program, before it runs the action.
Create new items: If you right click on any item outside the Program Menu you will get a Popup Menu from which you can choose to create new items or you can use the Keyboard Shortcuts. You can also hit F12 and use the buttons in the Main Editor.
Help: You can get help almost anywhere in the program by hitting F1 or by clicking one of the blue question marks. The help consist of these webpages.


MacroMenu Program Menu:
Main program menu

The MacroMenu drop down menu contains all the basic functionallity, that are pretty standard for all applications, New Menu File, Open Menu File, Save and Save Ass, so I will not say anything about those.
Append Menu File on the other hand, is a little special, it is used on the result of another function: Save Branch To File and it will append the MacroMenu file that you open to the end of the existing MacroMenu file. After appending a menu you can organize your menu using drag and drop when MacroMenu is in edit mode.

Main program menu

The Menu Files contains a list of recently opened MacroMenu files + the MacroMenu files that are located in the startup folder.
Menu Settings and Program Settings will give you access to two dialogs where you can change the appearance of MacroMenu.
Reload Menu File
is the closest thing there is, to having undo in the MacroMenu, as this function will reload, the current MacroMenu file from the disk, discarding all changes made, since the file was opened or since it was last saved.
Activate Editor will open the main editor where you can organize menu items by drag and drop and edit any of the items in the menu.   Search All Items is a very fast search window where you with a few keystrokes can find any item in in the whole menu.   Create Shortcut give you a dialog where you can create shortcuts for MacroMenu, so it will open with a file of your choice loaded from the start.  Help will lead you to this page.  In the About dialog you can check for newer versions and you can also register the program.

Menu Settings:   [F7]
MenuSettings

This is the dialog where you can control the colors, font and sizes of the whole Menu system.
Pipe On Main determine whether or not the horizontal main menu shall appear flat or rounded.
Pipe Shadow affect the selected items, as well as the main menu, when they are rounded and it makes those more or less rounded, by adjusting the darkness, of the shadow on the lower part.
One more thing I need to talk about is the Text Top setting, it is used for moving the text up or down on each menu item. Some fonts simply don't get painted at the middle, they either end up to high or to low, so compensation is needed. The value can be from -10 to 10, but usually a value of 1 or 2 is enough.

Program Settings:    [F3]
ProgramSettings

In this dialog you can change the appearance of all most everything, except the menu it self.
If not Auto Paste is checked, you have to paste your self, by pressing Ctrl + Insert or Ctrl + V. Focus will still be returned to the previous app.
Show on Taskbar determine whether there is a button on the Windows Taskbar that represent MacroMenu. There will always be an icon in the system tray, no matter what you choose. If you chose not to Show On Taskbar, you will occasionally see  a button on the taskbar anyway and that is when you use one of the modal windows, like this program settings dialog. While the Program Settings are open there will be a button on the taskbar this is to make it easier to get back to the program.
Stay On Top can be used to make MacroMenu float on top of all other applications, Stay On Top have no effect when Auto Hide is checked. When Auto Hide is checked MacroMenu will move it self out of view whenever it looses the focus and it will come back in to view whenever you move the mouse to the screen edge where MacroMenu reside.
Disabled color are the color of the unused edit fields in the editor. Splitter color is the color of all splitters and sizers, throughout MacroMenu.

Search All Items:    [Ctrl + F]
Search Dialog

This is the dialog where you can search for items you remember that you have, but  you just don't remember where you put them.
The search start out by searching in all items, finding those that contain the letter you typed, when you type the second letter, the search will only look in the list of found items from before, for every letter that you type the list gets shorter and shorter. Term 2 can be used for an extra word and if used both Term 1 and Term 2 must be present for the item to show in the list.
What you write in the Term 1 and 2 edits does not have to be words or even start of words, the search functions will look in all text in all items and it will convert both the terms and the items to lowercase, so the search is case insensitive.

Create Shortcut to MacroMenu:
Create Shortcut Dialog

Using this dialog you can create a shortcut to MacroMenu, that will make MacroMenu open with a certain menu file loaded without having to deal with command line options.
MacroMenu file and Inifile will automatically be filled with the filenames that are currently in use, but you can change those.
If you want MacroMenu to start automatically when you log on to the computer you just have to check In the Start Menu \ Start Up.

 
   

Main Editor:    [F12]

MacroMenu in edit mode have 7 different appearances, that you can see here below, they all correspond with a certain Menu Item type. The left part is the same no matter what item type is in the editor.
All to the left there are two button groups the eight buttons at the top relate to the MacroMenu file and correspond with the items in the Program Menu. The buttons in the three + one group, all relate to Items in the menu, the first three crate items Above, As Submenu and Below the selected item. The last one delete the selected item. All the buttons have hints that tell you what they do and what the corresponding keyboard shortcut is.
The drop down box at the top show the name of the MacroMenu file that is currently loaded and if you click it you will see a list of recently used and available files, just like in Menu Files.
The tree view  contains all items in the file in a tree structure corresponding to the menu structure in the menu. You can organize the items in the tree view by using drag and drop. When you are dragging an item and you hover over an other item, with sub items, for a few seconds, this item will open, so you get access to dropping our item in the sub items. 
If you have an empty folder item  and you want to drop another item into that empty folder as a sub item, you will have to create a dummy sub item first, because when you drop the dropped item will always be inserted in front of the item you drop on.
The functionality of the right side of the Main Editor, along with the six different item types, will be explained in the six sections here below.

You can activate the editor in several different ways, you can: Right-Click and use the popup, you can hit F12, you can do it from the MacroMenu menu or you can Double-Click the Main Menu.
To get back to the Menu View, you can use: F12 or you can Double-Click the Title Bar.

  Folder Item (No Action):

Edit Folder

There are two kind of folder items, the ones that have no action and the ones that are still active as items, the first one is the one you see above. The main menu items are automatically that kind of inactive items. The reason for this, is that you have to click one of the main menu items, to start exploring the menu, so these items have to be inactive when clicked. The Name property and the Image are the only things that you set on this type of item, those two works the same on all items. To change the image you just click the image, when you do that you will see an Image Selection Dialog.

  Clip Item:

Edit Clip

This is the oldest item type, it has been there since the first version in 1998. The idea is that you have a piece of text you use more then once. As a programmer it could be a function, as a secretary it could be a full company signature or a law paragraph or as a helpdesk worker it could be a common answer. This piece of text you paste into the Clipboard Contents text field. If you need to give directions on how to use this piece of text you write them in the Help Text field. In the Item Name field you provide the text that will be seen when you browse the menu.
The next time you need the text, you just position the cursor in your editor, then you go to MacroMenu and click the item and woola - focus goes back to your editor and the text is automatically pasted into your editor at cursor position.
The Clip Item is the default item and the first item in the drop down box you can see up to the right, when you don't want a Clip Item you will have to chose the type in that drop down.
As a little invisible extra feature there is drag and drop enabled on Clip Items, this means that you can drag one or more files onto the right side section and drop them, then all the filenames will be inserted as the Clipboard Contents and if you hold down the Ctrl key, the filenames will be added instead.
Note: If you are storing VCL templates, you must make sure that there is no empty lines at the end of the Clipboard Contents. If you use the Ctrl + New Item, MacroMenu will take care of this for you.

When Clicked: Clipboard Contents is copied to the System Clipboard.
When Ctrl + Clicked: Help Text is copied to the System Clipboard.
When Ctrl + Shift + Clicked: Name + Help Text + Clipboard Contents are copied to the System Clipboard.
And Pasted in previous app if Auto Paste is on

  Clipboard Modifier Item:

Edit Clip Modyfier

Select: Clip Modifier, - Modify contens of Clipboard.  In the Item Type drop down box.
You can modify the contents of the clipboard with this type of items, you do it by using a set of 50+ premade function. For a full description of all the functions and how to use them go to ClipModifier Composer.
You can edit in the Clipboard Modifier Code if you want.

When Clicked: Focus is set to the previous app and the Clipboard Modifier is run.
When Ctrl + Clicked: Clipboard Modifier code is copied to the System Clipboard.
And Pasted in previous app if Auto Paste is on

  Keystroke Macro Item:

Edit Macro

Select: Keystroke Macro, - Perform a sequence of keystrokes.  In the Item Type drop down box.
This Item type can simulate keyboard keystrokes, but the best thing it is that you can combine keystrokes with ordinary text, into some very complex macro templates. You don't have to know all the special keyboard codes you can just use the Macro Composer.
You can however edit the code directly in the item editor, so here is a little description of what you see above: At the second line you see the Single Line Macro field where the macro is shown as one long line, all line breaks are shown as \0D\0v pairs and if Use new line home is checked they are followed by \24\2f pair which is the same as hitting the Home key. In the Multiline Macro View you will see the line break pairs \0D\0v represented as line breaks and you won't see the Home pairs either, unless they are used in the code by you.
Use new line home is read only and if you want to change its value you will have to use the Composer, the Repeat Count determine how many times the macro is run when you click it.
For a full description of what this item can do go to Macro Composer.

When Clicked: Focus is set to the previous app and the macro is run.
When Ctrl + Clicked: Macro code is copied to the System Clipboard.
And Pasted in previous app if Auto Paste is on

  Mail Item:

Edit Mail

Select: Mail, - Start Mail Program With Receiver.  In the Item Type drop down box.
With Mail Items you can create individual mail templates, with both start and signature, for all your contacts. You can also create templates containing many receivers. When you click a Mail Item your mail program will be started or activated and the contents of all the fields will be send to the program.

NOTE: Mail item only work with a dedicated mail program. It does NOT work if you only use Web mail.

When Clicked: Mail program is opened with template.
When Ctrl + Clicked: Email Address is copied to the System Clipboard.
And Pasted in previous app if Auto Paste is on

  Website Item:

Edit Web

Select: Website, - Show Website in Browser.  In the Item Type drop down box.
This item is for storing bookmarks to websites or to local html files or in fact to any kind of file type that your browser can handle. You just paste or type in the url into the Website or Local Html file field, select the browser you want if any, if you don't want a particular browser, you just select the Default Browser item in the dropdown box.
If you chose a local file of a type that your browser don't usually open, you will have to chose a browser otherwise the file will be opened by the default program.

When Clicked: Website or local html is opened in Browser.
When Ctrl + Clicked: Website link is copied to the System Clipboard.
And Pasted in previous app if Auto Paste is on

  Action Item:

Edit Action

Select: Action, - Start a Program  In the Item Type drop down box.
This type of item can be used to start programs and open files. You can either browse for a program or you can use drag and drop. When you use drag and drop, then the first file with the extension .exe will be written to the Path and Filename to a Program or a File field, the rest of the dropped files will be added to the Command Line Parameters field surrounded with quotes and spaces in between.

When Clicked: Program is started or file or folder is opened.
When Ctrl + Clicked: Path and Filename to a Program or a File + Command Line Parameters are copied to the System Clipboard. And Pasted in previous app if Auto Paste is on

Preview Window:    [Ctrl + Mouse Hower]
Purple Dot

If you hold down Ctrl, when you hover over the items in the MacroMenu, you will see a window like this, whenever there is an active, not empty, item underneath the mouse cursor. The window will contain the contents of the item beneath as a preview.

 
Popup Menu:    [Menu or Shift + F10]
Purple Dot

Edit Item will simply open the Editor with the active item selected. The next three will all create a new MacroMenu Item and then Edit Item will be called on that new Item opening the editor with the new item selected.
There is a little Auto Paste trick to these three function, whether you call them from the popup menu or you use their shortcuts, doesn't matter, but if you hold down Ctrl when you call one of these functions MacroMenu will try to determine the menu item type from what is in the clipboard. If clipboard contents is only one line and an '@' is found, Mail is chosen and the contents of the clipboard is copied to the To field. If a '\' is found, then Action is chosen and the contents is copied to the Path and Filename to a Program or a File field. If 'http' is found then Web is chosen and the contents is copied to the Website or Local Html file field. If none of the above is found, then Clip item is chosen and the contents of the clipboard is copied to the Clipboard Contents field.
Save Branch To File makes it possible to share only a part of your menu with friends and coworkers, by saving a folder / branch and its contents to a separate file. This new file can then be added to one of your other menu files by using Append Menu File in the MacroMenu main menu.
Sort This Menu and Sort This Menu + Submenus will both sort the menu items alphabetically, in the menu that contains the item that was clicked. The last one will also sort all submenus as well. If you hold down Shift while you click one of the sort items, the sort will be done descending so that B will be put before A

 
Image Selection:    [Alt + S]
Purple Dot

Here to the right you see the popup dialog you get if you right-click on one of the images in the MacroMenu or if you press Alt + S while an item is highlighted.
You can navigate this menu with the Arrow Keys and with Home, End, Page Up, Page Down and select using Enter or you can use the mouse to select.
You can select the same image as you selected last time by pressing Ctrl + Enter when the popup is visible.

 

Keyboard Shortcuts for MacroMenu:
Program Shortcuts
HelpF1
Create New Menu FileCtrl + N
Open Menu FileCtrl + O
Append Menu FileCtrl + B
Reload Menu FileF5
Save Current Menu FileCtrl + S
Save Current Menu File To a New NameF6
Search All ItemsCtrl + F
Menu Visual SettingsF7
Program SettingsF3
Activate Item EditorF12 or Double Click on Caption
Move the Menu HorizontalScroll Wheel
Resize the Menu at the Right EndCtrl + Scroll Wheel
Resize the Menu at Both EndsCtrl + Shift + Scroll Wheel
Exit MacroMenu Alt + F4
Repeat Last Action **Ctrl + Enter or Ctrl + Q
 
Item Shortcuts
Edit Highlighted ItemF8
Add New Item Before Highlighted ItemF9
Add New Item Before Highlighted Item With Auto PasteCtrl + F9
Add New Item as Submenu to Highlighted ItemF10
Add New Item as Submenu to Highlighted Item With Auto Paste Ctrl + F10
Add New Item After Highlighted ItemF11
Add New Item After Highlighted Item With Auto PasteCtrl + F11
Delete the Highlighted ItemDel 
Delete the Highlighted Item No Questions Asked                             Shift + Del
Open Item Image Selection PopupAlt + S
Open Item Popup MenuMenu or Shift + F10
Close MenuEscape
 
Main Menu Navigation Shortcuts
Move rightRight Arrow
Move LeftLeft Arrow
Move to an Item1 to 9 and A to Z
Move down to submenuDown Arrow
 
Submenu Navigation Shortcuts
Move DownDown Arrow
Move UpUp Arrow
Move to last itemPage Down
Move to first itemPage Up
Move to an Item1 to 9 and A to Z
Move to submenuRight Arrow
Move to parent menuLeft Arrow
Run Item ActionEnter
 
Special Shortcuts
Open folder of a MacroMenu data file Ctrl + Click on a Menu File
Reload MRU listClick on 'Menu Files'
Preview contents of itemCtrl + navigate
Descending sortShift + Click in popup

**Please note that the command will not run until both keys are released, and if you hold down one of the keys in more then 10 seconds the command will not run at all.
MacroMenu Command Line Options:
 

There are only a few command line options and they are:

-i followed closely by the full path and file name to the ini setup file,  the path MUST exist, but the file don't have to as it will be created the first time you close MacroMenu.

-n followed closely by a name, default this is MacroMenu. Setting this one will have no effect if it is used at the same time as -i. The name must not contain any illegal path characters, because it will be used for file names if they are not supplied, if it does they will be removed automatically.

-p followed closely by a full path to a directory where you want MacroMenu to look for data files, this could be a place on the intranet where you keep common MacroMenu data files. The directory MUST exist.
The directory supplied here might also be used for the ini file if the is no -i parameter supplied.

-m followed closely by the full path and file name to the MacroMenu file you want to load each time the program starts, if this parameter isn't set MacroMenu will start with the file that was open when it closed.

The intension is that you either use -i or you use -n and -p. It is however enough to use one  

P.s. Instead of handling these command line options your self you can use the Shortcut Dialog it will create a lnk file, with the right setting, for you.
Macro Problems !!

Some programs like Microsoft Expression Web 4 have their editor embedded in a larger program surface and does not automatically set focus to the editor again when activated. Most programs like this have keyboard shortcut that will activate the editor, Microsoft Expression Web 4 uses F6 to activate the editor, this means that if you start macros with F6 they will be inserted into the editor..



             


Last updated: Jan-14-2015    © Copyright 2003-2015 Asger-P Software

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