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Macro message over and over

by iamfrustrated / June 2, 2007 10:35 PM PDT

Hi there,
My Acer laptop crashed and I got a new hard drive. Windows XP home was loaded, but no Word or Excell, so I loaded a 2002 XP version of each. Now when I open Windows, I get the following message:
"The function you are attempting to run contains macros or content that requires macro language support. When this software was installed, you (or your administrator) chose not to install support for macros or controls."
This pops up over and over and is really annoying. I've tried reloading Word over and again, but there is no macros option on the install. I don't load the entire XP, just select word and excell.
Any advice would be much appreciated!



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Re: macro message
by Kees Bakker / June 2, 2007 10:46 PM PDT

1. Install Visual Basic for Applications also:
That's an option you should be able to find, once you know how it's called.

2. This indicates a program running on startup that you don't want (like OSA.exe). Do Start>Run>Msconfig, and see if you can find out what it is (must be somewhere in program files\office or whatever folder Office is installed in) and uncheck it.

Hope this helps.


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by iamfrustrated / June 2, 2007 10:59 PM PDT
In reply to: Re: macro message

Thanks so much, this fixed it - you're brilliant!

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Not really brilliant.
by Kees Bakker / June 2, 2007 11:22 PM PDT
In reply to: Thanks!

It was the first hit on a google search for office XP "support for macros or controls". The only thing I had to add was to recognize this as the solution for you.

I'm sure you can be just as brilliant yourself. Your first move was excellent: giving the right information with the right details and the full text of the error message (without typos). Many members don't do that, and that makes it difficult to give them an appropiate answer.

Anyway, glad I could help.


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Great lead to fix the problem
by barbecuy / July 14, 2009 6:23 AM PDT
In reply to: Re: macro message

i spent several hours trying to fix this annoying macro error message, after reading your post i found out that one of my Application(Webex addins) was setup to load automatically on all offices applications. As soon as I set it up to don't use office , the message just went away.
thanks so much

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Same problem on Win. 8
by egroupcyprus / December 10, 2012 9:37 PM PST
In reply to: Re: macro message

Hi, I am just facing the same problem, one of our technical persons installed this for me, but cant find a solution around this. I have a win 8 laptop, with office 2003 and when i open a file in word the same errors appear and it is very disturbing... any advice please?
C. Pashiardis
CEO - Egroup Services

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Re: Office 2003
by Kees_B Forum moderator / December 10, 2012 9:49 PM PST
In reply to: Same problem on Win. 8

You're CEO of an IT company. So why not ask your technical staff to solve this issue?
Or are they incompetent?


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CEO at IT company.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 11, 2012 2:51 AM PST
In reply to: Same problem on Win. 8

Wowsers. Time to talk with HR about your staff.

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