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SYSTEM 7.5 MAKES MAC TASKS A BREEZE WITH USER-DESIGNED MACROS.

Byline: Charles Haddad Atlanta Journal and Constitution

Did you know that Macintoshes equipped with the latest operating system can automatically format letters, open PC disks and let you drag an address from one letter to another?

These are just a few examples of the hidden powers of system 7.5, the latest software that controls the look, feel and operation of the Mac.

You don't need a new machine to have system 7.5. You can install it in most older Macs, although you'll need at least 8 megabytes of random access memory, or RAM, to use it.

Here's a quick look at some great but not well-known things that system 7.5 can do.

Let's start with some mini-programs, called scripts or macros, that now come built into the operating system. Under the Apple menu (that's the one with the little multicolored apple in the far left-hand corner of your screen) is a folder called either useful tasks or automated tasks.

In this folder are mini-programs that automatically will add an alias of programs to the apple menu, eject all disks, copy a document and close all open windows.

Another example of an automated built-in mini-program sits at the bottom of the Apple menu. Called shutdown, it's represented by the icon of a switch. Highlight and release the icon and your Mac will shut down. No need to close windows or quit programs. The shutdown switch does all that.

You can also use a program that comes with the Mac, called AppleScript, to create your own mini-programs.
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Title Annotation:BUSINESS
Publication:Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)
Date:Jan 29, 1996
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