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How to save a document with macros while keeping macros disabled?

asked 2017-03-29 13:15:32 +0200

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updated 2017-03-30 11:41:45 +0200


Answers and comments so far have focussed on the wrong part of my question, so I'm re-stating it here:

I wish to open a document that includes macros in it, but with macros disabled so they don't run, then I need to be able to save a copy of that document but including the macros.

It seems that opening the document with macros disabled means that while I can inspect (and manually run) macros, they are not saved when I save the document.


Original post:

I've been sent a document with a macro virus - probably - and it's password protected. I have the password.

I wanted to know what the virus was, so my plan was:

  1. Open the document in LO with macros disabled.
  2. Save the document from LO without a password
  3. try the now non-encrypted file with a virus scanner.

But whenever I save the document the macros (which I can see are there in the document) are gone. Is there a way to remove the password from the document, preserving the rest?

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Why don't you just throw the file away if you think there's a virus in it. That's what I would do!

LibreGuy gravatar imageLibreGuy ( 2017-03-29 14:49:23 +0200 )edit

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answered 2017-03-30 06:27:17 +0200

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Humm, can you first disable the macro in your LO using this?

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BUT, has it occurred to you that the macro might be the one asking for the password?

Sounds dangerous. Probably not a good idea to accept or run macros from unknown sources.

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Thanks, but I do not wish to run the macro, which is what your instructions lead to, I just need to be able to save it when I re-save the file. Also, I can confirm it is not the macro that is asking for the password. (I've tried various things in a discardable VM sandbox OS without a network connection but to no avail.)

artfulrobot gravatar imageartfulrobot ( 2017-03-30 11:37:02 +0200 )edit
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