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I have Excel 2007. When I want to save a spreadsheet, I often see this message:

Excel privacy warning

I've seen this with macro spreadsheets (using the .xlsm extension) and with non-macro sheets (using the .xlsx extension).

How can I prevent this warning every time I save my spreadsheet?

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It even popped up when I was not saving my spreadsheet! Aaargh! –  Wikis Jan 12 '12 at 14:14

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Disable document inspector in the Trust Center.

Note: picture may not be exact as I use Office 2010.

Excel Options

Step by step instructions (for 2007):

  1. Office orb
  2. Excel options
  3. Trust Center
  4. Trust Center Settings...
  5. Uncheck Remove personal information from file properties on save
  6. OK
  7. OK
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Excellent! But why oh why do Microsoft make this so amazingly complicated?! –  Wikis Jan 12 '12 at 14:14

Try this:

Office Orb > Excel Options > Trust Center/Trust Center Settings > Document-specific Settings

Uncheck "Remove personal information from file properties on save"


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I don't see this option. I see Office Orb > Excel Options > Trust Center > Trust Center Settings (new dialog): no Document-specific Settings. On the left side I see a list from Trusted Publishers to Privacy Options. –  Wikis Jan 12 '12 at 10:48
I guess you didn't check the link that I provided... –  thane Jan 16 '12 at 7:01
Indeed, I did not notice it. Thanks! –  Wikis Jan 16 '12 at 8:31

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