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Deleting a Macro

Written by Allen Wyatt (last updated August 28, 2021)
This tip applies to Word 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Word in Microsoft 365


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Many macros that you record or create are used for a specific purpose; they are not intended to be used over and over again for long periods of time. This means that as your needs change, you will have occasions to delete macros. To delete a macro, follow these steps:

  1. Press Alt+F8. Word displays the Macros dialog box.
  2. From the list of macros, select the macro you want to delete. The Delete button becomes available.
  3. Click on Delete.
  4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 for each macro you want to delete.
  5. Click on Close when finished.

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WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (13239) applies to Microsoft Word 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Word in Microsoft 365. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Word here: Deleting a Macro.

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Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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2021-08-28 12:39:23

Tomek

@Ken said: >Only the macros that are attached to the current document can be deleted this way.
It does not seem to be the case. On my machine (MS365 Family, Win10) all macros in all currently opened documents and underlying templates can be deleted the way described.

However, if you need to delete many macros at once, it is faster to go to VBA editor, highlight them and delete them from there.


2021-08-28 09:04:32

Ken

Only the macros that are attached to the current document can be deleted this way. Macros that are in templates will appear in the list but cannot be deleted - the Delete button will be greyed out.


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