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    welcome message in microsoft office (office xp)

    Hi, a friend of mine took his pc with win xp and microsoft office xp to a technician,
    a couple of times when my friend opened microsoft word or rxcel, a window opened and display a welcome message something like "good morning, have a nice day" with his name.
    The message appeared only a couple of days then Word stopped displaying the message.
    We would like to know how the technician did that ?.
    I know it will be easier to ask the technician but he lives in a remote area and it is not easy to get in touch with him

    Thank you

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    Re: welcome message in microsoft office (office xp)

    THe implication is that someone, perhaps the technician, added a macro or a virus to your system.

    If the technician did this without asking your permission, I suggest looking for another technician.

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    Re: welcome message in microsoft office (office xp

    A macros maybe, but not a virus because this computer does not connect to the internet.
    Thank you for your help

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    Re: welcome message in microsoft office (office xp

    There are other ways to get infected with a virus. It could be through infected software on a diskette, a CD, a DVD or a USB stick. And of course teh PC could temporarily be connected to the internet while at the technician's. To be sure, you should check your entire PC with an up-to-date virus scanner.

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    Re: welcome message in microsoft office (office xp

    A computer does not have to be connected to the internet to get a virus.

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    Re: welcome message in microsoft office (office xp

    Ok, i understand that I don't need to be connected to get a virus, but we are sure that the pc is clean, so it has to be something else .
    I read that in another software (access 2000) you can put a welcome message.
    thank you all for your help.

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    Re: welcome message in microsoft office (office xp

    Youb can put such a message in with VBA for any of the Office apps.

    Your concern should be WHO put the message there and WHY?

    If the technician did this without your permission, dump the technician (after asking him/her how to remove the message).

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    Re: welcome message in microsoft office (office xp

    sorry I did not make myself clear, what I want is to do the same thing , I don't care why or who did it just how he did it.
    What is VBA ?.
    Thank you

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    Re: welcome message in microsoft office (office xp

    VBA, Visual Basic for Applications, is the macro programming language in Office 97-2003 (Excel might have had it earlier).

    If the message were still showing, you could check the dialog's title bar and see if it said "Visual Basic," which I think is what appears there if the programmer did not specify text for the title bar. You also could press Ctrl+Break, which is the way you normally stop a VBA procedure and open the editor to see where the code is running. Since the message has stopped displaying, it is a lot more difficult to track down where it was coming from.

    Doesn't this technician have a telephone? <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: welcome message in microsoft office (office xp

    For Word, you would include an AutoExec macro in the normal tempate.
    The Auto Exec macro could then use a Msgbox to display a message, or could display a Userform that could act as a splash screen.

    THe macro would be written usin g VBA, which is the macro programming language used in Office.

    To get started take a look at the list of Word VBA books at http://www.standards.com/index.html?WordVBABooks.

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