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    I created a single macro in a workbook, then decided I didn't need it and deleted it. So the workbook contains no macros. But every time I open it, I get the disable/enable macros dialog box suggesting that there is a macro lurking in the file. Since my workbook is a model in progress that will eventually be sent to a client, just turning off the dialog box is not a permanent solution. I've read about ridding files of ghost links, but never ghost macros. Has anyone ever had, and solved, this problem?

    (I'm using Excel 97, but I tested this out on Excel 2000 today and the same problem came up.)

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    On 2002-04-18 22:24, trf wrote:
    I created a single macro in a workbook, then decided I didn't need it and deleted it. So the workbook contains no macros. But every time I open it, I get the disable/enable macros dialog box suggesting that there is a macro lurking in the file. Since my workbook is a model in progress that will eventually be sent to a client, just turning off the dialog box is not a permanent solution. I've read about ridding files of ghost links, but never ghost macros. Has anyone ever had, and solved, this problem?

    (I'm using Excel 97, but I tested this out on Excel 2000 today and the same problem came up.)

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    Rob Fetter
    trf@student.umass.edu
    Delete the Module(s) as well.
    Kind Regards,
    Ivan F Moala From the City of Sails

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    Default Re: nuisance "Enable Macros" msg after all macros

      
    I Found the solution on the Microsoft web site. I only had to do one thing differently ... For item 6 below in the RESOLUTION section, pressing the DELETE key did not work. I had to right-click the module name and select REMOVE, and confirm the prompt, to remove the module.

    Then, when I saved the file, exited, and re-opened, the macros message was gone! Woo hoo!

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    http://support.microsoft.com/default...b;en-us;329950

    SYMPTOMS

    When you open a Microsoft Excel file that does not contain macros, you receive the following error message:

    Filename contains macros.

    Macros may contain viruses. It is always safe to disable macros, but if the macros are legitimate, you may lose some functionality.

    To close the error message, click Disable Macros, Enable Macros, or More Info.

    CAUSE

    This behavior may occur if the Excel file contained a macro that was removed, but the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) module that contained the macro was not removed.

    RESOLUTION

    To resolve this behavior, remove the empty VBA module. To do this, follow these steps:
    1. Open the Excel file, and then click Disable Macros when the error message appears.
    2. Press ALT+F11 to start the Microsoft Visual Basic Editor.
    3. In the Project Explorer window, locate the file name. For example, locate "VBAProject file name.xls" (without quotation marks).
    4. Expand the Object list.
    5. Expand the Module list.
    6. Select any module that appears under the Modules list, and then press DELETE to delete the module. (The module will probably be named "Module1," "Module2," "Module4," or a similar name).
    7. Close the Visual Basic Editor, and then save the Excel file.

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