A macro is a recorded sequence of mouse and keyboard input actions, and it's a great way to save time during repetitive tasks. Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel and Access) include built-in macro recording tools.With these tools, users can record repetitive tasks in Office software and play them back when needed.
It would be great if Google Chrome had a similar tool to automate repetitive browsing tasks?You can then record macros that fill out web forms, log in to websites, open multiple websites, and more.Although, Chrome doesn't have such a built-in feature, you can still use the iMacro andWildfireExtension to record browser macros.
Next, let's take a look at how this is done:
How to useiMacrosRecord browser macros
iMacrosExpansion is a macro recording tool that is simple to use.The browser extension is available for free (although there is a 50 action log limit). $99iMacrosThe Personal Edition has unlimited logging capabilities as well as extra features.
Now, let's take a look at how to record basic macros with the free iMacros browser extension.
1. OpeniMacros for ChromeDownload page.
2. Click the "Add to Chrome" button there to install iMacros.
3. Then click the iMacros button on the Chrome URL toolbar.If you don't see it there, click the Extensions button to select the iMacros Fixed option.
4. Select the Record tab on the iMacros extension window.
5. Click the "Record Macro" option on this tab.
6. Then record a task for the macro in your browser.
7. Press the "Stop" button when finished.
8. An editor window will then open showing the script for the macro.Click the Save As and Close options in this window.
9. Enter a name for the macro and click the OK option.
10. Then select the Play tab in the iMacros window.
11. On the Bookmarks tab of the iMacros window, select the macro you just recorded.
12. Click the Play Macro button.
The iMacros extension also comes with some pre-recorded demo macros that you can try out.Click the white arrow next to the Demo-Chrome folder in the extensions window to expand.You can then choose to play one of the demo macros.
You can edit the scripts of these demo macros to suit your requirements.For example, try changing the website that the Open6Tabs macro opens, right-clicking it and selecting Edit.Then delete the website address in the script and replace it with the URL of the website you want the macro to open.Remember to click Save and Close to apply the changes.
To open the options for the iMacros extension, click Settings on its Manage tab.You can then configure options on the iMacros settings tab shown directly below.This tab includes options for replay speed and master password, among others.
Download: iMacros for Google Chrome (free)
how to use Wildfire Record browser macros
WildfireAn alternative to iMacros, it offers unlimited macro recording without any movement restrictions.This Chrome extension also incorporates a unique graphical workflow editor for modifying macros.The method of use is as follows:
1. OpenDownload Wildfirepage.
2. Press Wildfire's "Add to Chrome" button.
3. When you have the extension installed, click the Wildfire button on the URL toolbar in Chrome.
4. Click to start recording.
5. Perform the browsing tasks you want to record.
6. When the macro is complete, press the Wildfire extension button to select Stop Recording.
7. The expanded Workflow Editor tab will then automatically open, displaying the macro in the form of a diagram.Click the Favorite Workflow button there.
8. Enter a title for the macro and press OK Options.
You can now choose to play recorded macros from Chrome's context menu.Right click on the web page and select the Wildfire option.Click the "Run" option for the recorded macro on the submenu to complete it.
You can edit your favorite macro anytime after recording.To do this, click the Wildfire extension button and go to the Dashboard.Select "Settings" > "Favorites" in the Wildfire window to view your saved macros.Selecting the macro's restore option will open it again in the workflow editor.There, you can change the macro by modifying the event property circle (otherwise a node).
You can also choose other options for macros from the Favorites tab.To add keyboard shortcuts to macros, click the "Set Shortcuts" option on the "Favorites" tab.Then select a key combination from the Set Shortcut drop-down menu and click the OK button.
Wildfire includes a scheduler that you can use to schedule macros to start automatically at specific times.Open the tool by selecting "Settings" and "Scheduling" in the Wildfire window.Then press "Add New Schedule" and the options shown in the image below will appear.
Select a macro you want to schedule in the "Workflow" drop-down menu.Then click the Calendar button in the Date/Time box to schedule a macro to run.You can configure the macro to play again by selecting an option in the Repeat drop-down menu.Press the "Add Schedule" button to save the scheduled macro.
Download: Wildfire for Google Chrome (free)
Automating Google Chrome with iMacros and Wildfire
You can automate various browser-related tasks in Google Chrome (and other Chromium-based browsers) with iMacros and Wildfire.
The iMacros extension is nice for recording relatively short macros.However, due to the recording limitations of iMacros, Wildfire may be a better option for users who want to set up more macros.
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