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A series of commands grouped together as a single command to automate repetitive and/or complex tasks. Technical purists argue as to whether or not writing macros is actually programming, but from the perspective of most end users, it amounts to pretty much the same thing. Macro recording facilities are now built in to most standard business/office software packages, covering word processing, spreadsheets, databases, graphics and presentations, etc.

Malicious macros are not unknown; they can be transmitted to other users through the document in which the macro is embedded. Whether or not creating a macro is regarded by an organisation as 'programming', it is advisable that all macros created or used within an organisation are checked for their function and compliance with security regulations.

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