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You receive a macros are disabled message when you run a macro in Word 2003 or Word 2002

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Microsoft ended support for Office 2003 on April 8, 2014. This change has affected your software updates and security options. Learn what this means for you and how to stay protected.

This article was previously published under Q290949
SYMPTOMS
When you open a document that contains macros, you may not be prompted with the "Enable or Disable Macros" message. When you try to run the macro, you may receive the following message:
The macros in the project are disabled. Please refer to the online help or documentation of the host application determine how to enable macros.
CAUSE
The macro security level is set to High. Because of the history of macro viruses, the security level is set to High by default.
WORKAROUND
To work around this behavior, close the document and change the macro security level to Medium. To do this, follow these steps:
  1. On the Tools menu, click Options and then click Macro Security.
  2. On the Security Level tab, click to select Medium, and then click OK.
  3. On the File menu, click Exit to quit Microsoft Word.

    NOTE: Though there is no warning message telling you to restart. You must quit and restart Microsoft Word for the security level change to take effect.
This sets the security level to Medium. You will see a prompt to enable or disable macros when you reopen the document.
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Article ID: 290949 - Last Review: 03/23/2006 02:24:00 - Revision: 3.0

  • Microsoft Office Word 2003
  • Microsoft Word 2002 Standard Edition
  • kbmacro kbsecurity kbprb KB290949
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