“The macros in this project are disabled” error when running macros assigned a Digital Signature certificate in Outlook

Gilt für: Outlook 2016Outlook 2013Microsoft Outlook 2010



Considering the following scenario:

  • You set the Macro Security to Notifications for digitally signed macros, all other macros disabled on the Developer tab in Microsoft Outlook.
  • You create a macro and assign a Digital Signature certificate to the macro under ToolsDigital Signature in Visual Basic.
  • You close Visual Basic and Outlook. When you are prompted to save the Visual Basic project, you click Yes.   
  • You start Outlook, and then you start Visual Basic.

In this scenario, you receive the error message "An error occurred while attempting to verify the VBA project's signature. Macros will be disabled." 

When you try to run the macro, you receive the error message "The macros in this project are disabled. Please refer to the online help or documentation of the host application to determine how to enable macros."



This issue occurs because exiting Visual Basic effectively cancels the changes that you made to the project, and therefore the certificate is no longer assigned to the macro.


Manually save the changes that you made to the project before you close the Visual Basic window by using either of the following methods:

  • Go to File >Save VbaProject.OTM.
  • Click the Save icon on the toolbar in the Visual Basic window.