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    Digital cert ignored in High security (Excel 2003 (all))

    I have a digital cert (purchased from Thawte, not self-cert) that I attached to all my Excel files. I therefore can set my security=High. When I send these workbooks to co-workers they can not open it unless the set security=medium. Why is that? It seems pointless to have the cert in place if users still have to set their security to a lower state. On my own computer, I set security=High and never get prompted to enable macros (since I've accepted the cert the first time, right)?

    We just upgraded to Office 2003 but this is not a new problem to this version.

    Any clues as to what the problem is?

    Thnx,
    Deb

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    Re: Digital cert ignored in High security (Excel 2003 (all))

    Check out these sites:

    TNPC's Guide, PrimeFAQ's article, and MS Article

    Steve

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    Re: Digital cert ignored in High security (Excel 2003 (all))

    Thanks for the info. I read them all and didn't see anything I didn't already know. One thing that did get my attention was this:

    ".... If this is the first time this PC has ever opened a file digitally signed by your company's digital certificate, you'll see a Security Warning prompt. After setting this trust level, whenever you open that template on this PC--even with a High macro security level setting--there will be no macro warning dialog and the code behind the template will be silently enabled...."

    I think my users ignore the initial security warning with the 'trust level' and just assume it's the same old enable/disable macro message. They never check the 'trust me' box so in essence they don't get the benefit of the certificate. I've told people many times to click that box but they never do. Oh well. <img src=/S/shrug.gif border=0 alt=shrug width=39 height=15> Nothing I can do now. At least I know it's nothing I set up wrong on my end (on the code signing PC).

    Thnx,
    Deb

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