A macro is a recorded sequence of mouse and keyboard input actions. 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 replay them whenever needed.
Wouldn’t it be great if Google Chrome included a similar tool to automate repetitive browsing tasks? Then you can record macros that fill out web forms, connect to sites, and open multiple sites, among other things. Chrome doesn’t have such a feature built-in, but you can still record browser macros with the iMacros and Wildfire extensions.
How to Record Browser Macros with iMacros
The iMacros extension is an easy to use macro recording tool. This browser extension is available for free (but with a recording limit of 50 actions). The $99 iMacros Personal version offers unlimited recording plus additional features.
Here’s how to record basic macros with the free iMacros browser extension:
- Open the iMacros for Chrome download page linked below.
- Click it Add to Chrome button here to install iMacros.
- Then click the iMacros button in Chrome’s URL toolbar. If you don’t see it, click the Extensions button to select the Pin option for iMacros.
- Select the Record in the iMacros extension window.
- Click it Record a macro option on this tab.
- Then register a task for the macro to perform in your browser.
- press the Stop button when you are done.
- An editor window will then open and display the macro script. Click it Save as and close option on this window.
- Type a name for the macro and click the OKAY option.
- Then select the Cheek in the iMacros window.
- Select the macro you just recorded on the Bookmarks in the iMacros window.
- Click it Play Macro button.
The iMacros extension also comes with pre-recorded demo macros that you can try out. Click the white arrow next to the Demo-Chrome folder in the extension window to expand. Then you can choose to play one of the demo macros.
You can modify the scripts for these demo macros to suit your needs. For example, try changing the websites that the Open6Tabs macro opens by right-clicking on it and selecting To modify. Then remove the website addresses in this script to replace them with the URLs of the sites you want the macro to open. Don’t forget to click Save and Close to apply the changes.
To open the iMacros extension options, click Settings on his Manage tongue. Then you can configure the options on the iMacros Settings tab displayed directly below. This tab includes replay speed and master password options, among others.
To download: iMacros for Google Chrome (Free)
How to Record Browser Macros with Wildfire
Wildfire is an iMacros alternative that offers unlimited macro recording without any action limitations. This Chrome extension also integrates a unique schematic workflow editor to edit macros.
You can record a Google Chrome macro with Wildfire like this:
- Open the Wildfire page linked below.
- press the Add to Chrome button for Wildfire.
- When you have installed the extension, click on the Fires in Chrome’s URL toolbar.
- Click on Start recording to do this.
- Perform the navigation task to save.
- press the Fires expand button to select stop recording when you have finished the macro.
- The extension Workflow editor , which displays the macro in schematic form, will then open automatically. Click it Favorite Workflow button there.
- Enter a title for the macro and press the key. OKAY option.
Now you can choose to play the recorded macro from the Chrome context menu. Right-click on a web page and select it Fires option. Click it Course option for your recorded macro in the submenu to play it.
You can always edit favorite macros after saving them. To do this, click on the Fires extend button and Go to Dashboard. To select Settings > Favorites in the Wildfire window to view your recorded macros. Macro selection Restore will open it again in the workflow editor. There you can change the macro by modifying the event property circles (if not the nodes).
You can also select other options for macros from the Favorites tongue. To add a keyboard shortcut to a macro, click the Set Shortcut possibility on the Favorites tongue. Then choose a key combination from the Set Shortcut drop-down menu, then click the OKAY button.
Wildfire includes a scheduler with which you can schedule macros to start automatically at specific times. Select Settings and Scheduled in the Fires window to open this tool. Then press the Add new Program to bring up the options below.
Select a macro you want to schedule from the Workflow drop-down menu. Then click the calendar button in the Date/Time area to schedule a macro to run. You can configure the macro to run again by selecting an option on the Repeat scrolling menu. press the Add a schedule button to save the scheduled macro.
To download: Wildfire for Google Chrome (Free)
Automate Google Chrome with iMacros and Wildfire
You can automate all sorts of browser-related tasks in Google Chrome (and other Chromium-based browsers) with iMacros and Wildfire.
The iMacros extension is ideal for recording relatively short macros. However, since iMacros has a recording restriction, Wildfire might be a better choice for users who want to set up more extensive macros.
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