Enable or disable security alerts on the Message Bar

The Message Bar displays security alerts when there is potentially unsafe, active content in the document you open. For example, the document might contain an unsigned macro or a signed macro with an invalid signature. In such cases, the Message Bar appears by default to alert you about the problem.

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If you don't want to be alerted, you can disable the Message Bar.

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Access

  1. Click the Microsoft Office Button Button image, and then click Access Options.
  2. Click Trust Center, click Trust Center Settings, and then click Message Bar.
  3. Click the options that you want:
    • Show the Message Bar in all applications when document content has been blocked This option is selected by default so that you get Message Bar alerts whenever potentially unsafe content has been disabled. The option is not selected if you clicked the Disable all macros without notification option on the Macros pane of the Trust Center. If you click Disable all macros without notification, you won't get Message Bar alerts when macros are disabled.
    • Never show information about blocked content This option disables the Message Bar. You do not receive alerts about any security issues, regardless of any security settings in the Trust Center.

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Excel

  1. Click the Microsoft Office Button Button image, and then click Excel Options.
  2. Click Trust Center, click Trust Center Settings, and then click Message Bar.
  3. Click the options that you want:
    • Show the Message Bar in all applications when document content has been blocked This option is selected by default so that you get Message Bar alerts whenever potentially unsafe content has been disabled. The option is not selected if you clicked the Disable all macros without notification option on the Macros pane of the Trust Center. If you click Disable all macros without notification, you won't get Message Bar alerts when macros are disabled.
    • Never show information about blocked content This option disables the Message Bar. You do not receive alerts about any security issues, regardless of any security settings in the Trust Center.

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PowerPoint

  1. Click the Microsoft Office Button Button image, and then click PowerPoint Options.
  2. Click Trust Center, click Trust Center Settings, and then click Message Bar.
  3. Click the options that you want:
    • Show the Message Bar in all applications when document content has been blocked This option is selected by default so that you get Message Bar alerts whenever potentially unsafe content has been disabled. The option is not selected if you clicked the Disable all macros without notification option on the Macros pane of the Trust Center. If you click Disable all macros without notification, you won't get Message Bar alerts when macros are disabled.
    • Never show information about blocked content This option disables the Message Bar. You do not receive alerts about any security issues, regardless of any security settings in the Trust Center.

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Visio

  1. On the Tools menu, click Trust Center.
  2. Click Message Bar.
  3. Click the options that you want:
    • Show the Message Bar in all applications when document content has been blocked This option is selected by default so that you get Message Bar alerts whenever potentially unsafe content has been disabled. The option is not selected if you clicked the Disable all macros without notification option on the Macros pane of the Trust Center. If you click Disable all macros without notification, you won't get Message Bar alerts when macros are disabled.
    • Never show information about blocked content This option disables the Message Bar. You do not receive alerts about any security issues, regardless of any security settings in the Trust Center.

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Word

  1. Click the Microsoft Office Button Button image, and then click Word Options.
  2. Click Trust Center, click Trust Center Settings, and then click Message Bar.
  3. Click the options that you want:
    • Show the Message Bar in all applications when document content has been blocked This option is selected by default so that you get Message Bar alerts whenever potentially unsafe content has been disabled. The option is not selected if you clicked the Disable all macros without notification option on the Macros pane of the Trust Center. If you click Disable all macros without notification, you won't get Message Bar alerts when macros are disabled.
    • Never show information about blocked content This option disables the Message Bar. You do not receive alerts about any security issues, regardless of any security settings in the Trust Center.

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Applies to:
Access 2007, Excel 2007, InfoPath 2007, OneNote 2007, PowerPoint 2007, Publisher 2007, Visio 2007, Word 2007