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    Avoiding Word macro viruses

    The suggestion has long been made that a good way to help avoid Word macro viruses is to save always in Rich Text Format (yes, REAL RTF, not just DOCuments with an RTF extension) rather than using the more common DOCument file format (.DOC) - has anyone come across any down-sides to this policy, such as losing some document features that they needed?
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    Re: Avoiding Word macro viruses

    Documents with images bloat up really bad. Otherwise, I haven't examined it closely (what exactly is lost, that is).

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    Re: Avoiding Word macro viruses

    I confirm the comment about size from jscher.

    The biggest obstacle I have with RTF is from outside users.

    I'll post an email and attach an RTF file. The text of the email says "The attached RTF file can be read by any Word Processor".

    Most common response "Please re-send the file attached as a Word document. We only have Microsoft Word".


    Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaargh!


    I gave up saying "The attached RTF file can be read by any Word Processor and cannot contain any viruses" a long time ago. It generates more fear amongst the users than it ought.


    I think RTF is a greatly undervalued format.

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