File Opens in Design Mode in Microsoft Office

Does your Word or Excel file open with the Control Toolbox on it, showing you that you're in Design Mode?

This is caused by opening a file that is designed to run macros, and macros have not been enabled.

To enable macros, go to Tools®Macro, Security tab and set Macro security to medium (recommended if you know that the files you receive are from trusted sources) or low (recommended only for advanced users or for users who only use files internal to their company).

As a person who develops macros, you can keep Design view from opening when users open your files, whether they enable macros or not, by closing Design view on the Control Toolbox before saving your file. debuted on May 26, 2005. provides examples of Formulas, Functions and Visual Basic procedures for illustration only, without warranty either expressed or implied, including but not limited to the implied warranties of merchantability and/or fitness for a particular purpose. The Formulas, Functions and Visual Basic procedures on this web site are provided "as is" and we do not guarantee that they can be used in all situations.

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