XL97: Macro Virus Warning Does Not Appear When You Open a Text File That Contains XLM Code

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When you open a workbook that contains macros, you may not be warned that the workbook contains macros.
This problem occurs when the following conditions are true:
  • The workbook contains macros written in the Microsoft Excel 4.0 (XLM) macro language.


  • The workbook has been saved in one of the following file formats:

    • Text (Tab delimited)
    • CSV (Comma delimited)
    • Text (Macintosh)
    • Text (OS/2 or MS-DOS)
    • CSV (Macintosh)
    • CSV (OS/2 or MS-DOS)
    • DIF (Data Interchange Format)
To correct this problem, download and install the latest update for Excel 97. The latest update includes this and all other Excel-specific updates that have been released since the latest service release (SR) of Office. The files included in this update will be included in any later SR or patch. To upgrade to the latest patch or for more information about the history of Excel 97 patches, please click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
232652 XL97: Overview and History of Excel Patches
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article.
Although you are not warned that the workbook contains macros, the macros cannot be run automatically.
XL97 security

Article ID: 255606 - Last Review: 10/20/2013 17:46:45 - Revision: 1.1

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