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SOME USEFUL WORDPERFECT MACROS
FOR LEGAL WRITING
Wordperfect 4.2 was enhanced to meet the demands and
requirements of legal writing. Here are some macros I have
developed as shortcuts in my own work. These were written in
both 4.1 and 4.2 and should work on either version. These should
serve as a starting point for creating your own macros that suit
your particular purpose. For example, I cite D.C. Circuit cases
frequently. Rather than type "(D.C. Cir. 19xx)" I created a
macro that with one keystroke types "(D.C. Cir. 19)[BACKSPACE]".
If you have Wordperfect set to the normal insert mode, the cursor
will backspace to beneath the ")" and will push it along when you
enter the last two numerals of the year.
Here is a brief description of the macros included in this
080.MAC -- Resets the margins to 0 and 80. This is useful
for editing the output of a data base such as Westlaw or
Lexis, which is sent in an 80-character line.
ALTP.MAC -- Use this when you are ready to print a final
version of your document. This will go to the top of the
file, page down to the second page, suppress the numbering
on page 1 and begin numbering on page 2. This macro is set
to put the page number at the bottom center in this format:
- x -
You can easily rewrite the macro to suit your numbering
ALTN.MAC -- If you write pleadings with numbered paragraphs
this is a great time saver. Invoke this macro at the end
of the previous paragraph. It will create a hard carriage
return, indent and enter the next consecutive number in
ALTZ.MAC -- This is a variation of ALTN.MAC. Use this if
you are creating a numbered list. Invoke the macro at the
end of the previous line. It will create a hard carriage
return, enter the next consecutive number in Arabic format
and create a hanging indent (F4).
ALTQ..MAC and ALTA.MAC -- I created these two when I was
writing a pleading that made frequent use of block quotes
from the record. Invoke ALTQ.MAC at the end of the
preceding paragraph. It will create a hard carriage return,
switch to single space, block indent from the left and right
margins, type "Q." and tab over five spaces. You are then
ready to insert your transcript quote. When you want to
enter the witness's answer, invoke ALTA.MAC. It does the
same thing except that it types "A."
All of these macros, with the exception of 080.MAC are
invoked with the "ALT" key and the appropriate letter. This
makes the process even faster.