What is a Macro Recorder

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What is a Macro Recorder?

A Macro Recorder, as is obvious from the title, is a tool that records macros. A macro is a sequence of user actions (mouse moves, keystrokes, clicks etc.) which can be replayed later as a "script". The primary purpose of any macro recorder is to do the work instead of a human. It's a bot that performs all the repetitive actions for you.

Here's a list of the "must-have" features every good macro program should have:

  • Mouse & keyboard recording
  • Variable playback speed
  • Macro-editor that allows adjusting a recorded script
  • "Eyes" - it has to be able to find images on a screen, detect when a Window has moved etc.
  • Looping - playing multiple times
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