Creating Macros: QWERTY and Steno

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Creating a macro in Eclipse is simple. It sounds complicated, but it’s quite simple. We’ll make two together, one editing macro and one steno macro.

Let’s go with two common ones. Cap last two (steno) and change end punctuation (QWERTY). Obviously your steno macro will be used WHILE you’re writing and your QWERTY macros will be used for editing only from your QWERTY board.

All of your macro creating will take place in ALT U > Edit.
You can make a macro by either Keyboard or Macros.
You can use Keyboard for seeing definitions. For instance, if I want to check what F5 does, I will open Keyboard and look for F5. Here I can change it or examine it easily.

One Rule: Do NOT hit Delete on your QWERTY board while making macros, as it will make it as a command, instead of deleting something. You will need to CLICK on the Delete button at the bottom of the pane to remove a portion of your macro, when you’re making them from scratch.


ALT U > Edit.
Click on Macros.
Click on New.
Name your macro: CAP LAST TWO.
Select Macro: Cap 2 – RT

Click Dict Entry.
Make your stroke. Mine is KAUPZ.
Define it as {M:CAP LAST TWO}

Click Okay.
Click on User.
Click Save Settings.

Now try your macro. Write “the man,” and then write KAUPZ. See if it capitalizes. Easy!


ALT U > Edit.
Click on Keyboard.
Click on Add.
Command: Period at End.
Keystroke: ALT + I (or whatever you want).
Hit Ok.
Hit Close.
Click User Tab.
Click Save Settings.
Hit Ok.

Now try it out.
In the middle of a question line, hit ALT + I. See if it changes the question mark to a period. Done!

As you can see, making macros is very simple, and it ends up saving you collectively months of your life at the end of your career. Many reporters put them off, but I advise making many for freelance and a few key ones for captioning. I will share my complete list of macros and my most-used favorites in two posts coming soon.

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