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    Security Issues (Word XP/Word 200)

    Does anyone have a real-life example of how to deal with global templates ans security? I currently have a script that copies to everyone's startup folder and the security is set to low. Is anyone actually signing their global templates and able to set their security to high? If so would our company need to purchase security signing software for every workstation?

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    Re: Security Issues (Word XP/Word 200)

    If you check the box that trusts installed add-ins and templates, the Startup folder is covered and you can use Medium (or maybe High) security without any problem. I don't sign anything. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Security Issues (Word XP/Word 200)

    Hi Kyle,

    I recently looked into this. Jefferson is correct that if you check the "Trust all installed add-ins..." box AND put all your global templates into the Startup folder specified in File locations, you should be fine. You should be able to set security to high.

    Oddly, when I installed Office XP, by default the Startup item pointed to a Startup folder under Documents and Settings -- in other words a personal Startup folder. I changed this in Tools | Options | File Locations | Startup to point to the Startup folder under Program Files/Microsoft Office/Office 10. You might check and see if this will suit your purpose better.

    By the way, if you ever *had* to sign templates, you don't need to be able to sign at each workstation. You would need to purchase one certificate to produce the digital signature (which you would jealously and carefully guard and hopefully have very limited access available to) and that signature gets distributed with the template. The workstation receiving the digitally signed template would install the signature (you get that dialog that asks if you want to install from this publisher).

    The point of the signature, by the way, is to verify that the project has not been tampered with since it was signed and was at least at first intended to protect you when downloading stuff from the internet -- that you got the real deal and not one somebody hacked. This can complicate updates as each iteration of the template has to be re-signed (at that jealously guarded workstation mentioned above) and reinstalled.

    There's also a way to self-certify a template. But as this method is intended for an individual -- and can be gotten around by putting your templates in a folder where Word can trust them -- it's not such a good solution for an enterprise OR an individual.

    Kim

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    Re: Security Issues (Word XP/Word 200)

    Thanks Kim. This helps a lot. I did not realize that the startup folder under documents and settingsapplication datamicrosoft was the trusted folder. I've been saving my global template to c: or d: program filesmicrosoft officeofficestartup and have been receiving a warning message if security is set to high.

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    Re: Security Issues (Word XP/Word 200)

    You're welcome! This drove me nuts until I finally figured it out. Kim

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