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How to force users to save as a macro enabled workbook?

When you save an Excel workbook, it will be saved as xlsx file format by default, and this file format will get rid of the macro codes from the workbook if there are multiple codes. To keep the codes, you should save the workbook as Excel Macro-Enable Workbook format. How could you force users to save as a macro enabled workbook?

Force users to save as a macro enabled workbook with VBA code

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To save the workbook as macro enabled workbook by default, the following VBA code may help you, please do as this:

1. Hold down the ALT + F11 keys to open the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window.

2. Then double click ThisWorkbook under the VBAProject section to open a new blank module, and then copy and paste the following code into the module:

VBA code: Force to save workbook as macro enabled workbook by default:

Private Sub Workbook_BeforeSave(ByVal SaveAsUI As Boolean, Cancel As Boolean)
'Updateby Extendoffice 20161222
Dim xFileName As String
If SaveAsUI <> False Then
    Cancel = True
    xFileName = Application.GetSaveAsFilename(, "Excel Macro-Enabled Workbook (*.xlsm), *.xlsm", , "Save As xlsm file")
    If xFileName <> "False" Then
      Application.EnableEvents = False
      ActiveWorkbook.SaveAs Filename:=xFileName, FileFormat:=xlOpenXMLWorkbookMacroEnabled
      Application.EnableEvents = True
    Else
      MsgBox "Action Cancelled"
      Cancel = True
      Exit Sub
    End If
End If
End Sub

doc force save as xlsm 1

3. Then save and close this code window, from now on, when users save as this workbook, it will be saved as Excel Macro-Enabled Workbook format by default as following screenshot shown:

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    Richard D. Mason · 16 days ago
    Any way to have this VBA in a file that is a true template file type?
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    Rich · 16 days ago
    Any way to have this VBA in a template file
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    Jonathan · 9 months ago
    Keep getting a 1004 ERROR.
    Using Off365 2016 for MAC. Got a solutions?
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      skyyang · 8 months ago
      Hello, Jonathan,
      This code works well in Windows Office, but it not tested in MAC.
      You should search for a code for working in MAC.
      Thank you!
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    Shazza · 10 months ago
    fileformat: =52 is a nicer was as making macro enabled workbook. fileformat:=51 is normal workbook.
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    Brevig Madison · 1 years ago
    I'm using Excel 2016 for Mac, and when I use this VBA code to achieve the "force save as .xlsm" I get the following error:

    Run-time error '1004':

    Method 'GetSaveAsFilename' of object '_Application' failed

    Any guidance someone could provide around this error and how I may need to adjust the code to work on the Mac version of Excel would be greatly appreciated!
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    ProbablyNotLadyGaga · 1 years ago
    Nice one!

    Saved me a lot of headache! :)
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    RM · 1 years ago
    Saved me a lot of pain - thanks so much
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    AFF · 2 years ago
    This was so useful and worked like a charm thank you :)