XL2000: "The macros in this project are disabled" Error Running Macro

ID: q215715

The information in this article applies to:


When you run a macro in the Samples.xls file, you receive the following 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 problem occurs when you run any of the sample macros in the Samples.xls file included with Microsoft Excel or Microsoft Office and you have set the security level for macros to High.


To run the sample macros in the Samples.xls workbook, set the security level for macros to Medium or Low. To change the macro security level, follow these steps:

  1. If the Samples.xls file is open, close it.

  2. On the Tools menu, point to Macro and click Security.

  3. In the Security dialog box, click the Security Level tab.

  4. Click Medium and then click OK.

  5. Open Samples.xls. When prompted whether to enable or disable macros, click Enable Macros.


When you install either Microsoft Excel or Microsoft Office, the Setup program installs the sample workbook to the following folder:

C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Samples
NOTE: This location may be different depending on where you installed the Office program.

If you set the Excel macro security to High so that only digitally signed macros from trusted sources are allowed to run, thereby disabling unsigned macros, you will not be allowed to run sample macros in the Samples.xls workbook. Some add-ins in Microsoft Excel contain Excel version 4.0 macro code. This type of macro, also referred to as xlm, is stored in a macro sheet instead of a Visual Basic module. Excel 4.0 macros cannot be digitally signed and cannot be opened if macro security is High. To be consistent with other add-ins, Samples.xls is also not digitally signed for security.

For more information, see the following articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base.
Q225078 XL2000: Errors When Trusted Resources for Add-ins Is Removed

Additional query words: XL2000 code vba

Keywords          : kberrmsg kbdta KbVBA 
Version           : WINDOWS:2000
Platform          : WINDOWS 
Issue type        : kbprb 

Last Reviewed: May 13, 1999