Record with Macro Recorder

Video tutorial

To start recording a macro, either:
  • Press "Record" in the main menu of the program window.
  • Right-click the Macro Recorder tray icon and select "Record".
  • Press the record hotkey you may have configured in the settings.

The tray icon blinks during recording and Macro Recorder captures following information:

To stop the recording, either:
  • Press "Record" in the main menu of the program window.
  • Right-click the tray icon and select "Record".
  • Press the record hotkey you may have configured in the settings.

To continue a recording from the currently highlighted action, click "Append Recording" in the sub menu underneath the Record button.

Recording tips

  • Don't worry about making mistakes during the recording - You can edit or remove unwanted actions later.
  • Stay calm and take your time - You can adjust playback speed and add pauses later.
  • No perfection required - Macro Recorder can smooth mouse paths in post-production.
  • Consider to configure hotkeys in Macro Recorder, allowing you to use Macro Recorder without its main program window. This eliminates the risk, that it gets in the way during the recording.
  • Watch out for dynamic changes in the application you control during the recording. An icon on the taskbar may shift aside if another program is launched. A tray icon may not be available if the corresponding program is not yet launched. If you record a browser, alternating online ads of different sizes may rearrange web contents, for example.
  • Prefer controlling programs by key presses over mouse clicks to work around unforeseeable changes in the user interface. Key presses and hotkeys are independent from screen resolutions, locations, user interface controls and window contents of varying size. The TAB-key allows you to switch between input fields for example.
  • The time required to launch programs or to compute tasks can drastically vary between computers. A laptop may run faster if connected to a power line vs. running on battery power. A backup background task may slow down the entire computer, changing its overall performance. Give programs enough time to complete tasks under all conditions. We strongly recommend to use pixel color detection, that pauses a macro until the automated program finished its task. Unlike static wait times, the pixel color detection waits for visual indication, when a computation is completed.
  • If you share a macro with other users, keep in mind that the automated program may look different on different computers or operating systems.

Macro Recorder can only recognize mouse and keyboard events from applications running with the same user credentials. If Macro Recorder was launched with normal user rights, it won't recognize user input made into applications running with admin rights (e.g. the task manager). In order to catch those events, launch Macro Recorder with admin rights, too.

On a Mac, Macro Recorder cannot control user interface controls, secured by macOS "Secure Input" system.