There is no way around it--if you want to do the really amazing stuff with GSAK, you will have to use macros. But don't let this scare you off. You do NOT need to write any macros--lots of other people have done all that for you. You just have to find whatever macro you want, and install it into GSAK.
This video will take you through the process of installing and running macros. Some macros require more configuration than other, but this will take you through the basics. The remainder of the tutorials in this section will showcase some of the cool macros that are available.
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