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Microsoft Word: How to mark a folder as a Trusted Location (PC users)

If you want macros in a file to be permanently switched on and you want them in a folder of your choice, you'll need to use the Trusted Locations feature of Microsoft Word.*

This video shows how to mark your own folder or drive as a Trusted Location. Put your files in this folder or drive and you won't have to keep unblocking a file in order to use the macros:

Here's a short written summary of how to do this:

  1. Click File > Options.

  2. Click Trust Center > Trust Center Settings > Trusted Locations.

  3. Click Add new location.

  4. Click Browse to find the folder, select a folder, and then click OK.

As Microsoft has said in their guidance, only activate macro-enabled files from trusted sources, e.g. if you've specifically asked for that file or macros or they're from someone you know and are expecting them to be sent to you. If you have any doubts, do not put the file in a trusted location and ask questions before activating the macros.

* This feature is only available to PC desktop users of Microsoft Word. If using as part of an organisation and you find the Trusted Locations feature disabled, please speak to your company's IT administrator.

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