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How to Unblock the Excel Checkbook Register file after download

Whenever you download my latest version of the Microsoft Excel Checkbook Register spreadsheet, Microsoft Windows will display a security risk notice since the file was downloaded from the Internet. If you are using a Mac computer (Mac OS), this won’t happen but you will be prompted to “enable macros”.

Microsoft Windows – Security Warning

Since my newer versions of the checkbook spreadsheet are macro-enabled, you’ll likely see a warning like this when you open it:

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The link in the warning will take you to this Microsoft article which also has the steps on how to unblock it. In summary, you’ll want to:

  1. Close the file if you still have it opened.
  2. Open Windows File Explorer and go to the folder where you saved the file.
  3. Right-click the file and choose Properties from the context menu.
  4. At the bottom of the General tab, select the Unblock checkbox and select OK.
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After performing the steps above, the Excel file should open without the security risk warning. If you have any questions, please feel free to comment here.