Join Gini von Courter for an in-depth discussion in this video Macro security in Word files, part of Word: Automating Your Work with Macros.
- [Instructor] Macros are a series of commands…that are used to automate work that we're going to do…and anything that is automated in a computer…is something that is potentially a risk,…because someone else can automate your computer…to do things you don't necessarily want it to do.…Therefore, there is security placed around macros.…So I'd like to show you what happens…when you open a document…that contains macros in Microsoft Word.…Documents that contain macros…have a different file extension than regular Word documents.…
Regular Word documents have the file extension docx…and documents that contain macros are dotm.…I'm going to open a file called Secure.dotm.…And you'll notice that when I do…there is a message bar that appears…on the top of the screen that says Security Warning.…This Security Warning is based…on settings in the Trust Center…that we'll be talking about a little later,…however I want to show you what you can do…with this document when we open it up…and it says it has macros in it,…they've been disabled, what do you want to do?…
- List the steps required to run the macros on a document you created when you open the document and see a SECURITY WARNING banner message.
- Explain how to run a macro.
- Identify where to save a building block if there is no logical gallery for it.
- Recall the best way to create an auto macro.
- Recognize why you would create a macro in the Visual Basic Editor rather than using the Macro Recorder.
- Identify what you can add any existing macro to.