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Excel® 2007 VBA Programmer's Reference by Michael Alexander, Rob Bovey, Stephen Bullen, John Green

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Chapter 22. The Trust Center and Document Security

Document security issues have become inescapable for Excel VBA developers. Even if you intend to develop macros only for use on your own computer, you still need to understand at least a few document security settings in order for them to run properly. This chapter covers the security settings in the Trust Center, as well as automating the removal of personal information from Excel workbooks.

The Trust Center

The Trust Center is the new user interface for all settings related to document security in Office 2007. Many of these settings have been with Office for a long time and were simply relocated to the Trust Center user interface. There are also some new and enhanced document security features in Office 2007. Many of the Trust Center settings are specific to Excel, but some settings will affect all Office applications.

The Trust Center user interface is buried a bit deeply within the Excel user interface. You access the Trust Center dialog in the following manner:

  1. Click the Microsoft Office Button and then click the Excel Options button. This will open the Excel Options dialog.

  2. In the Excel Options dialog, select Trust Center from the list on the left side.

  3. Next, click the Trust Center Settings button on the right side of the Excel Options dialog. This will open the Trust Center dialog, shown in Figure 22-1.

The Trust Center organizes all Excel 2007 document security options under eight categories. The following sections review the settings ...

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