How to Record Macros in Windows 10

Posted by Matthew on April 20, 2016

We previously discussed How To Record a Screencast in Windows 10. A macro is something similar, except it also records the sequence of selected options. Thus, if you adjust some system settings in Windows when it’s recording; you can then play the macro back again to adjust the selected settings again. A few office suites include macros, and you can also record macros in Windows 10 with TinyTask.

So first, we’ll talk about how you can install TinyTask. Then we’ll talk about how you use it to record a macro for Windows 10.

First, head over to the TinyTask page on Softpedia. To add the software to Windows 10, press the DOWNLOAD NOW button on that page. There’s no setup wizard for this package; you just click on the tinytask.exe file to open the TinyTask toolbar shown below.


The TinyTask toolbar has a few options. The one we’re interested in is how to record a macro with it. In this example, we will record a macro that switches your desktop theme to an alternative one. You can start recording your actions by pressing the Record button on the toolbar, or by hitting Ctrl + Alt + Shift + R.

So start recording. Next, right-click the desktop, click Personalize > Themes > Theme settings and then select a new theme. That will switch the theme. Now you can stop recording the macro by pressing the Record button again or hitting Ctrl + Alt + Shift + R again. Revert back to your original theme, and then press the Play button on the toolbar to play your macro; you can also play the macro by hitting Ctrl + Alt + Shift + P. Playing the macro will switch the theme to the one you selected when you recorded the macro.

Remember, you can create a macro for pretty much any set of commands that you want between when you start recording and stop recording again. Changing your desktop theme is just an example that should be easy to follow.

Next, press the Compile button, and select a folder to save the macro to. Press the Save button to save the macro. The small message shown below then opens.


Once you’ve saved the macro, you can reopen and play it back any time. Press the Open button on the toolbar and then select the saved theme to play back. Press the Play button on toolbar to play it.

Press the Options button on the TinyTask toolbar to open a submenu with some extra settings on it as below. There you can adjust the macro’s speed and further configure the hotkeys. Select Recording Hotkey or Playback Hotkey to select alternative keyboard shortcuts for those options.


A macro recording tool is one of those things that should already be included in Windows. With TinyTask you can record macros in Windows 10 much the same way as in office suites. The macros come in handy for quickly opening multiple software packages, or automating anything you need to do many times in a row.

7 thoughts on “How to Record Macros in Windows 10”

Cole says:
Thank you, sir! Very useful. It worked for a simple task run over 600 times. Will definitely be using Tiny Tasker again!
Terry says:
Thanks, this is a sweet little app that does exactly what I need. I was doing the same tedious set of mouse clicks and keystrokes over and over, to program 1,000 devices on an NFC programmer. Tiny Task reduced that to a single mouse click. I end the macro with the mouse pointer hovering over the “play” button, then pressed ctrl-shift-alt-R to end the macro. Now I need one finger and the rest is automatic. Very nice.
Kevin says:
Thanks for the tip, it works very well for those inconvenient settings changes that I need to do often.
One problem is that when playing back “Fast” it doesn’t seem to register checkbox status changes, and so it has to be run at “Normal” speed. Other than that it’s excellent.
Tom Verkaaik says:
No Way to edit the macro?
Zocolo says:
This one is absolute junk… Maybe for very small tasks… But it gets the placement wrong almost everytime, and starts clicking int the wrong place!!
Matthew says:
Well, you should be able to run it by clicking the Tiny Task exe in the folder you saved it to.
Tony Delcavo says:
How do start Tiny task? There is no icon on my toolbar or desktop

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