WD97: Macro Warning Doesn't Appear Opening File Attached to Template That Contains Macros

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When you open a Word document or RTF format file that is attached to a template that contains macros, the macro virus warning message may not appear. Word provides a macro warning message when a document that contains a macro is opened; however, if that document is attached to a non-trusted template that contains a macro, no warning is issued.

Microsoft Word considers documents and templates that are stored in either the user templates folder or the workgroup templates folder as trusted, or free of unwanted macro viruses. To determine where Word is storing your trusted user and workgroup templates, click Options on the Tools menu, and then click the File Locations tab.


To resolve the problem described in this article, obtain and install the latest Microsoft Word 97 update from the following Microsoft Web site:
IMPORTANT NOTE: Microsoft Word 97 post-service release fixes are cumulative. The latest update contains all of the fixes since Service Release 2. If you install the latest update for Word 97, you do not need to install any other updates after Service Release 2.

For additional information about the fixes included in the latest update for Word 97, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
265374 WD97: Post Service Release Fixes for Word 97


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article. This problem was corrected in Microsoft Word 2000.
For additional information about Word for Windows 97 or Office 97 Service Releases, click the article numbers below to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
172475 OFF97: How to Obtain and Install MS Office 97 SR-1
151261 OFF97: How to Obtain and Install MS Office 97 SR-2
For additional information about macro viruses, click the article numbers below to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
49500 List of Antivirus Software Vendors
187243 WD97: Frequently Asked Questions About Word Macro Viruses
181079 WD97: What to Do If You Have a Macro Virus
160686 WD97: No Macro Warning Opening File in Template Folder


Article ID: 214652 - Last Review: October 14, 2013 - Revision: 2.3
  • Microsoft Word 97 Standard Edition
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