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Is there any visual indication that a document has been modified since it was last saved or opened in Microsof Office 2007 applications (Word, Excel, Powerpoint)? Ideally, I would like a star near the file name or somewhere in the status bar, to follow the custom set by most applications (including prior versions of Office). A solution involving a cost-free macro or plug-in is fine.

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I don't know of anything ready-made to do what you require, however the property you're after can easily be accessed through VBA using


(in Excel, Word and PowerPoint respectively) which will return false if you have modified the document since it was last saved.

You mention a macro, so you may be able to write something yourself. If this is the route you have to take, perhaps try asking on StackOverflow?

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Thanks, but the main problem is getting a visual indication out somewhere. I have no idea how to add something to the status bar, for instance. – Gilles Jan 25 '11 at 19:08

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