securely open a .doc file in openoffice ?

Posted on 2006-06-07
Last Modified: 2010-04-11
someone i don't know, haven't got a clue who he is, sent me a .doc file
i don't own ms office, but i believe it has a feature that disables vb scripting,
i also believe it is most likely enabled by default ( due to history made by some macro viruses )

does openoffice have disable scripting feature too, if it is enabled by default, how do i disable it ?
Question by:ed987
    LVL 8

    Accepted Solution

    Currently on's main page ( there is a section "About the Proof-of-Concept Macro Virus....".   Reading that should help.

    quoted from that.... "by default detects if a document contains macros, displays a warning, and will only run the macro if the user specifically agrees. This behaviour conforms to industry best practice."

    I would go take a look at that and read the rest of the section.  It should also help to make sure you are running the latest release.
    LVL 8

    Expert Comment

    I should add as well that the safest thing to do is not open the file at all if you don't know who it is from/what it is.  I usually just get rid of anything like that.
    LVL 82

    Assisted Solution

    Assuming you have a Windows based machine, you can install the Word Viewer, which is not capable of running macros:
    Description of the Microsoft Office Word Viewer 2003
    LVL 8

    Expert Comment

    Another link with information about macros and OpenOffice and disabling macros:
    LVL 32

    Expert Comment

    If you don't know what the file is, you can also just open it in Notepad. That is 100% safe. The formatting will be weird, but you should be able to read the contents enough to decide what it contains.

    Write Comment

    Please enter a first name

    Please enter a last name

    We will never share this with anyone.

    Featured Post

    How your wiki can always stay up-to-date

    Quip doubles as a “living” wiki and a project management tool that evolves with your organization. As you finish projects in Quip, the work remains, easily accessible to all team members, new and old.
    - Increase transparency
    - Onboard new hires faster
    - Access from mobile/offline

    I thought I'd write this up for anyone who has a request to create an anonymous whistle-blower-type submission form created using SharePoint 2010 (this would probably work the same for 2013). It's not 100% fool-proof but it's as close as you can get…
    Even if you have implemented a Mobile Device Management solution company wide, it is a good idea to make sure you are taking into account all of the major risks to your electronic protected health information (ePHI).
    Sending a Secure fax is easy with eFax Corporate ( First, Just open a new email message.  In the To field, type your recipient's fax number You can even send a secure international fax — just include t…
    Access reports are powerful and flexible. Learn how to create a query and then a grouped report using the wizard. Modify the report design after the wizard is done to make it look better. There will be another video to explain how to put the final p…

    779 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

    Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

    Join & Ask a Question

    Need Help in Real-Time?

    Connect with top rated Experts

    15 Experts available now in Live!

    Get 1:1 Help Now