Using Microsoft Excel macros, you can run a prerecorded set of steps to automate many of your repetitive tasks. You’ll have to turn on the feature before you can use it. We’ll show you how to activate macros on a per-spreadsheet basis as well as for all spreadsheets in Excel.
Enabling macros is not always safe and you should only use them when you’re sure of the source of your spreadsheets. Good macros save you time by automating your tasks, but there are bad macros that can harm your machine.
For example, if you’ve got your spreadsheet from an unknown source, you shouldn’t trust it to run any macros as you aren’t sure what it will end up doing. However, if you know the sender and you trust them, then it should be okay to allow your spreadsheets to execute macros.
To enable macros in a specific spreadsheet and not all spreadsheets, then first, open your spreadsheet with Microsoft Excel.
When your macro-enabled spreadsheet opens, Excel will display a message at the top of the spreadsheet content. To allow this file to run macros, then next to the message, click “Enable Content.”
Excel will allow the current file to execute its macros, and you’re all set.
It’s not recommended to activate macros for all your spreadsheets, but if you’re sure you’ll only open safe and trusted files, then you can turn on the option as follows.
If you’re a Windows user, first, launch Microsoft Excel on your PC.
In Excel’s left sidebar, click “Options.” If you’re on a spreadsheet screen, then choose File > Options instead.
On the “Excel Options” window, in the left sidebar, click “Trust Center.”
On the right pane, click the “Trust Center Settings” button.
You’ll see a “Trust Center” window. In the left sidebar of this window, click “Macro Settings.”
On the right pane, activate the “Enable VBA Macros (Not Recommended; Potentially Dangerous Code Can Run)” option. Then select “OK” at the bottom.
Tip: In the future, to disable macros for all spreadsheets, select an appropriate option on this screen.
Select “OK” at the bottom of the “Excel Options” window.
And that’s it. Excel will now allow any spreadsheet to run macros.
To turn on Excel macros on your Mac, first, launch the Excel app.
In Excel, click Excel > Preferences > Security & Privacy. Then, turn on the “Enable All Macros (Not Recommended; Potentially Dangerous Code Can Run)” option.
And that’s how you allow your spreadsheets to run codes and automate your tedious tasks.
If you’d like to learn more about Excel macros, then check out our dedicated guide on the topic. It will walk you through the process of creating a macro with an example.
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