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Macro Warning does not appear in Word 2010, but macros are disabled

When using Word 2010, you may open documents which would normally give you a "Security Warning" prompt similar to the one shown below, but the prompt does not appear. However, when you try to edit, print or save the document, Microsoft Word tells you that "the macros in this project are disabled."

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Above: in some cases, this prompt to enable macros does not appear.

Because of this, you are unable to enable macros.

The "Security Warning" prompt may not be appearing because it has simply been closed (there is an "X" button on the right which can dismiss the message), or the "message bar" which displays the message may be turned off in Word's settings.

How to enable macros immediately, when the "Security Warning" prompt isn't visible

In Word 2010, you can click the File menu and click on Info to display information about the document, including the security warning, as shown below.

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Simply click the Enable Content button and choose Advanced Options to display the normal "Enable Macros" window. (For more information on this window, see How do I Enable Macros.)

How to make sure the "Security Warning" prompt appears from now on

It is possible to turn the "message bar" (which is what displays the macro security warning, among other warnings) completely off, so that it never appears.

To turn it on again (so that you can receive messages about when macros are disabled, and then take action to enable them), follow these steps:

  1. Open Microsoft Word.
  2. Click on the File Menu and choose Options.
  3. On the left-hand side of the window, click on Trust Center.
  4. On the right-hand side of the window, click the Trust Center Settings button.
  5. On the left-hand side of the window, click on Message Bar.
  6. Choose the options which says Show the message bar in all applications when content has been blocked, then click OK to close the window.
  7. Click OK again to close the Word Settings window. If you had a document open, you will need to close it and re-open it for the message bar to appear.
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