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    Macro Security Problem (Word XP)

    I have a Word file that uses macros to get around Word bugs (hyperlinks, don't work in a locked form). Well, to make a long story short, our IS Dept just upgraded us to Windows 2000 running Office XP. My IS department, in their infinite wisdom decided that macros are too vulnerable and turned off the ability for all macros to run in Word. They set the default security setting to high. While in Excel they set it to medium. I have 2 questions:
    1. Anyone have any good arguments besides this one, "This is why we have anti-virus software installed and your Draconian ways are hurting my productivity as an employee!!!"?
    2. I can lower the setting for that session of word, but when I launch a new session, the setting is goes back to high. Anyone have a way I can automate the changing of the security setting from high to medium, then relaunch the document to enable the macros? This file is used by non-power users and it would be nice to automate this when they open the file, say click a button. It smells like a macro which I wouldn't be able to get to enable because of the default security settings
    Help!!!!!!
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    Re: Macro Security Problem (Word XP)

    The security level cannot be set programmatically.

    IMHO, the security level in ALL Office apps should be set to medium.

    The important thing is to try to detect the virus critters BEFORE Office is even used, i.e., by runningh, say Norton Auntie Virus with NAV's AutoProtect enabled and NAV's Office plug-in disabled.

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    Re: Macro Security Problem (Word XP)

    When word is running at high security, it is usually configured to allow installed software to run macros even if they are unsigned.
    Can you move all of your Macros to templates in the correct folder so that they can run?

    StuartR

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    Re: Macro Security Problem (Word XP)

    Stuart,
    Can you elaborate on this? Whereabouts on the C:drive can I find all that?
    Thanks,
    Mike

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    Re: Macro Security Problem (Word XP)

    Go to Tools > Macro > Security > Trusted Sources
    Make sure that "Trust all installed add-ins and templates" is checked
    Go to Tools > Options > File Locations and check the correct places for "User Templates" and "Startup"
    Put your Macro in a user template in the User Templates folder or a Global Template in the Startup folder (depending on whether it is for documents attached to a particular template or for all documents)

    StuartR

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    Re: Macro Security Problem (Word XP)

    <hr>Anyone have any good arguments besides this one<hr>
    How about:
    1. That's like making an automobile with no gas tank so there's no maintenance costs & no accidents.
    2. Or calling the police department to check your home each time you enter to make sure no one's going to ambush you.

    I bet they install Word out of the box to have fast saves turned on too, don't they?

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