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Getting to grips with Paul Beverley’s macros for Word to increase your productivity

Focus: This hands-on workshop will introduce you to macros, teaching you how they work and giving you practical experience in using some of the most popular macros among editors.

Date: Wednesday, 11 May 2022

Time: 18:30–21:30

Place: Online (Zoom meeting)

Facilitator: Jennifer Yankopolus, a protégé of Paul Beverley

CPD hours: Attendees will receive a certificate confirming their attendance and their having earned 3 hours’ worth of core CPD; those who opt to listen to the audio recording of the webinar instead, without actually attending, will earn 3 hours’ worth of discretionary CPD time.

Two articles written by Jennifer will be emailed to registrants upon registration.

More about our facilitator

Jennifer Yankopolus is an editor with more than 20 years of experience. She specialises in architecture and design, working with designers, firms, non-profits, historians, and authors. Through Word Collaborative, she offers a range of services, from developmental editing to copy-editing and from coaching authors to consulting with organisations. For more than 15 years, she has served as the content editor for INNOVATION, the quarterly journal of the Industrial Design Society of America.

She is also an instructor in the University of California, San Diego’s Copyediting Certificate programme and teaches editors how to increase their speed and accuracy with macros through webinars, courses, and the Macro of the Month newsletter.

About the webinar

Macros are free editing tools that work inside of Word to help you be more productive and accurate. They are quick and easy to use once you know the basics of how to install them. This workshop – and macros themselves – requires no programming skills, just a desire to learn and to speed up your work. If you can copy and paste, you can use macros!

For those who have some experience with macros, this workshop will give you a refresher on the basics, introduce you to many useful macros, and show you how to find more macros that will enhance your work.

In this hands-on workshop, you will learn all you need to know to be up and running with macros. By the end, you will:

  • know how to install and run macros
  • be able to assign keyboard shortcuts
  • feel confident about the safety of using macros
  • have practised using the most common macros among editors
  • know where to discover additional macros for the type of editing you do
  • understand how to incorporate macros into your existing workflow and other editing tools you already use, such as PerfectIt.

Editors use macros to optimise a wide variety of functions, including:

  • analysing a document for global consistency issues, such as with proper nouns, hyphenation, and spelling;
  • performing repetitive tasks more quickly and more accurately than we can manually, such as looking up words in an online dictionary, changing numerals to text, and inserting comments with boilerplate text;
  • preventing editing errors, such as by changing a document’s background colour when you toggle Track Changes on and identifying sentences with missing end punctuation;
  • making Word work more efficiently, such as changing the language setting of a particular word or an entire document and controlling the formatting of pasted text.

The workshop is centred on Paul Beverley’s Word Macros Tools library. Paul is an editor himself and his macros are designed specifically for the tasks editors perform.

This is an interactive workshop. You will be guided through the process of installing macros and assigning them shortcuts and then practising with them. Be prepared to be engaged! There will be plenty of time for questions and for you to be helped you if you get stuck.


Affiliation Early-bird registration fee
(before or on 25 March 2022)
Registration fee
Registration fee
(from 26 March to 3 April 2022)
PEG members R275 R350
LAMP members* R475 R550
Non-affiliated members R675 R750

*LAMP members: Association of Southern African Indexers and Bibliographers (ASAIB), ProJourn, Southern African Freelancers’ Association (SAFREA), South African Science Journalists’ Association (SASJA) and the South African Translators’ Institute (SATI).


Please note that registration for this webinar is now closed.

Cancellation policy

If members are unable to attend this webinar after having registered and paid for it, a full refund is possible if cancellations are received by Sharon Rose by 12:00 on 4 April. Once the final number of attendees has been confirmed on the morning of the webinar, no refunds are possible.

In addition, should you be prevented from participating in full or in part on the day of the webinar owing to Eskom loadshedding, you will be entitled to take either the same webinar or another on the 2022 webinar programme. When this occurs, the onus will be on you to inform the webinar coordinator of your disqualification on this ground and to specify which alternative webinar you would like to transfer your registration to.

Remember, though, that as a would-be or part-participant on the day, you will in any event receive the audio recording of the entire event plus PDFs of the PPT slides.

11th May 2022 @ 18:30 - 21:30 Africa/Johannesburg

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