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    Obnoxious Macros dialogs (2002/10.2930.2625)

    <P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1>Edited by gwhitfield on 24-Jul-01 09:27.</FONT></P>Every time I open Word 2002 I get a bunch of macro warnings. The first is from PalmAPP, and I'm okay with that. The next SIX are from what-I-believe-are Smart Tags. I posted a picture of one below. I got a little freaked out by the *.DLL appelation.

    I don't plan on using Smart Tags. Ever. <img src=/S/puke.gif border=0 alt=puke width=60 height=15>

    Can I delete these without harm? Hmm. Rephrase that. Can I make the lousy warnings stop popping up without compromising my macro security? Right now it's set to Medium (as I run macros and receive them and want some input on the whole process), and Trust Access to Visual Basic Project. What's the recommended set up for a recreational macro user?
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    Re: Obnoxious Macros dialogs (2002/10.2930.2625)

    What happends when you click the little Always trust check box?
    Kevin <IMG SRC=http://www.wopr.com/w3tuserpics/Kevin_sig.gif alt="Keep the change, ya filthy animal...">
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    Re: Obnoxious Macros dialogs (2002/10.2930.2625)

    > Programming is hard.

    Nonesense. It's even CALLED soft-ware.

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    Re: Obnoxious Macros dialogs (2002/10.2930.2625)

    The source is Microsoft. They are about the only company I've ever heard of getting successfully spoofed in Verisign. If I was a 1337 hax0r, they are the company I'd want most to spoof, as most people click "Always trust". <img src=/S/tongue.gif border=0 alt=tongue width=15 height=15>


    So, looks like I'll be the experiment. I'm killing those babies. Wish me luck.


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    Re: Obnoxious Macros dialogs (2002/10.2930.2625)

    Wouldn't the above problem be solved by going to Tools, Macro, Security, choose the Trusted Sources tab, then check the "Trust All Installed add-ins and templates" box?

    I don't have 2002, but I think it may be the same as 2000. I would be skeptical about clicking "Always Trust" because of the spoofing issue, particularly with regards to documents not originating on my system.

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    Re: Obnoxious Macros dialogs (2002/10.2930.2625)

    Re:
    <hr>Wouldn't the above problem be solved by going to Tools, Macro, Security, choose the Trusted Sources tab, then check the "Trust All Installed add-ins and templates" box?
    <hr>

    That would solve the problem, but it would induce another one, as <big><font face="Script MT Bold">normal.dot</font face=script></big> is an installed template--and that's where every virus I've ever heard of in Word resides. In fact, Woody officially holds that checking this is tantamount to turning macro security off--natch.

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    Re: Obnoxious Macros dialogs (2002/10.2930.2625)

    Please give the reference to where "Woody officially holds that checking this is tantamount to turning macro security off" so I can see the context and decide for myself. I don't recall seeing this in WOW.

    I need to trust installed templates or my users are going to get the macro warning every time they open Word because of macros in our Normal.dot and global.dot.

    How, given that we update our virus scanning regularly, is a virus going to get into our Normal.dot to begin with?


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    Re: Obnoxious Macros dialogs (2002/10.2930.2625)

    The latest reference was in WOW 6.32, "In Search of Mr. Startup".
    <hr> Word itself doesn't look in the second startup folder,
    either. At least, not when it's bypassing macro security
    checking (er, using the "Trust all installed add-ins and
    templates " option).<hr>

    As for that last remark, viruses get updated faster than virus protection. You only need to get hit by one before you lose your pants.

    The simple fact is, I want to run macros, so HIGH security is not an option. I don't want to get my hard work destroyed, so LOW security and/or "Trust Microsoft" is not an option. I'm trying to find the best middle road with a minimal amount of annoyance. If you can actually help me, I appreciate it.

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    Re: Obnoxious Macros dialogs (2002/10.2930.2625)

    Yeah, I saw Issue 6.32, but that doesn't give me enough details to make a decision.

    Our AV programs are auto-updated and we scan at three different points (Exchange, Document Server, and Desktop). The definitions have (so far) protected us.

    I'm looking for the same answer you are, so I've set macro security to Medium (Word 2000) and chosen to "trust" my (firmwide) installed templates. As the administrator, I'm the only one who is allowed to install templates, our desktop users are locked out of these folders.

    Any MVPs out there with guidance on the posted topic?

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    Re: Obnoxious Macros dialogs (2002/10.2930.2625)

    > because of macros in our Normal.dot

    At the risk of boring you all again, I still maintain that a DOS-level solution to a Windows-level problem is the best security. see also

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