Getting Your Software to Do the Work for You: Scripting, Macros, Styles, and Templates

COLTT 2015

The Power of Styles: Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)

Example Microsoft Word Documents

  • Resume: Raw (DOCX)
    • Example resume with no styles. Download this example document to play with styles on your own device.
  • Resume: Styles Applied (DOCX)
    • Example resume with styles applied, but formatting not finalized. Download this example document to play with styles on your own device.
  • Resume: Fully Styled (DOCX)
    • Example resume with styles applied and formatting finalized.

Microsoft Word Templates for You

  • Worksheet.dotx
    • Example template with built-in styles. Download and modify for your own use.

More about Macros

Save Time, Preserve Sanity, Improve Quality

While many applications have the ability to automate processes, few users take advantage of these time-saving functionalities. Automation often falls into one of three categories: 1) Macros - collecting individual tasks into a single meta-task, 2) Scripting - writing small snippets of code to automate processes, and 3) Styles and Templates - creating preset layouts and formatting systems that are reusable and can be automatically applied to new material.

This talk shows the power of automation to save time and produce a better product - two things of great value to both teachers and students. In order to familiarize participants with the different types of automation, I will demonstrate automation tools in Photoshop, Microsoft Word, and Finale (the industry-standard music notation software).

Look for Automation Opportunities in the Software You Use Every Day!

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