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Maybe there is a simple way of doing  this but I'm new to macro express. The first macro I wanted to create was a macro that would launch the macro express explorer without having to mouse down to the system tray and select the icon etc. Any pointers? I did not see a preference to assign a shortcut to the macro express explorer

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There's no MEP macro command to do it... I checked all the command line switches. I tried adding a shortcut key to the Windows shortcut. I tried to hide the window thinking you could leave it open and simple hide or un-hide it. But that leaves an icon in the task bar. I can't think of any way to getting to it without using the system notification area.

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The Macro Express Pro Explorer can be launched by typing Ctrl+Alt+Shift+W. You can change the hotkey.

  • Open the Macro Express Pro Explorer
  • Click on System Macros in the Categories column
  • Double click on "Run Macro Express Editor"
  • Click the Change button

 

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Ha! That works! I had forgotten about the system macros. Thanks Samrae!

To finish Samrae's sentence, it's in the Categories pane of the MEP Explorer. Right above the list of your open files. 

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BTW this shortcut is slow for me. On my system it was first over 5 seconds, not it's typically 3 seconds. Not instant. But it might be something with my system. 

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When I press the Ctrl+Alt+Shift+W shortcut the Macro Express Pro Explorer window comes up in about 1 second. It is so quick it is hard to measure. I currently have 23 macro files open with over 2080 macros (many are disabled). My computer is not new, around 9 years old, running Windows 7. Norton Internet Security is running and presumably scans all 23 macro files when the Macro Express Pro Explorer loads them.

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I have always activated the Macro Express Explorer via hotkey, although I did change the default: when I I started using Macro Express about 20 years ago, I was already using Ctrl + Alt + Shift + W to launch Microsoft Word. (Macro software isn't needed. You can define hotkeys to activate any shortcut on your desktop through its properties.)

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Try this:

Variable Set From Misc:  "Installation Path" into %Path%
Variable Set String %Path% to "%Path%\macedit.exe"
Program Launch: "%Path%" (Normal)
<VARIABLE SET FROM MISC Destination="%Path%" Value="Installation Path"/>
<VARIABLE SET STRING Option="\x00" Destination="%Path%" Value="%Path%\\macedit.exe" NoEmbeddedVars="FALSE"/>
<PROGRAM LAUNCH Path="%Path%" Mode="\x00" Default_Path="TRUE" Wait="1" Get_Console="FALSE"/>

 

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5 hours ago, vamp07 said:

Thank you everyone. I guess there is no way to program it at least not easily. In either case thanks for the pointer to the pre-programed shotcut.

Sure there is a way -- although this script does not work as cleanly as the built-in hotkey:

Activate or Launch: Window "Macro Express Pro - Explorer", Program "MACEDIT.EXE", Parameters ""
<ACTIVATE OR LAUNCH Title="Macro Express Pro - Explorer" Exact_Match="TRUE" Wildcards="FALSE" Path="MACEDIT.EXE" Mode="\x00" Default_Path="TRUE" Wait="1" Wait_For_Program="12"/>

 

 

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