FAQ / How to save files containing macros downloaded from the net (unblock & Windows Defender exclude file)

If you are unable to save the Automated Analytic Rubrics or eMarking Assistant document the following two options might help:

Excluding files from Windows Defender scanning

Windows Defender may prevent you from saving Word document which contain macros. If you trust the person who created the file (macros in Automated Analytic Rubrics or eMarking Assistant have been locked so they can’t contain malicious code) you can use the following method to add the file to the exclude list in Windows Defender

  1. Press the Windows key in the keyboard and open Windows Defender from start menu.
  2. Go to the “Settings” tab and Click “Exclude files and locations“.
  3. Click “Browse” to select the file you want to exclude
  4. You can use either a file or a folder. Select a file or a folder and click OK.
  5. If you need, you can add multiple files and/or folders using a semicolon at the end. After selecting a file/folder, click “Add” .
  6. Click Save changes.

These steps are explained in more detail at: https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/protect/wiki/protect_defender-protect_scanning/how-to-exclude-a-filefolder-from-windows-defender/

Unblock option for files downloaded from the net

The Unblock option in the Windows file properties window (may apply to files downloaded from the net).

The Unblock option in the Windows file properties window (may apply to files downloaded from the net).

In an attempt to protect people from malicious content in files that have been copied from other computers or the internet, Microsoft has introduced a flag (called “URL Security Zones” in Microsoft speak) that records where the file was copied from. Depending on how the security policies are setup on your computer you may see the following error (or similar when opening the file) in Word.

To check if the URL security zone is the issue you can do the following:

  • in Windows explorer right click the file and select Properties
  • if the checkbox next to “Security: This file came from another computer and might be blocked to help protect this computer” is checked you can unblock the file by removing the check mark.

You should now be able to open the file in Word by double clicking it. You may still need to use the following options in Word: Enable Editing and Enable Content.

You can force Word to ignore the “URL Security Zones” (not recommended) by opening Word > using the FILE tab > select OPTIONS item > TRUST CENTER item on left > TRUST CENTER SETTINGS button > PROTECTED VIEW item on left > and then uncheck the three items:

  • Enable Protected view for files originating from the Internet
  • Enable Protected view for files located in potentially unsafe locations
  • Enable Protected view for Outlook attachments

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