KBEA-00030 - Running an Office application during a build results in the message "Exit design mode"

Summary

When run on the agent, an Office application hangs with a popup saying that it will "Exit design mode."

Solution

This happens when the security for macro execution is too high, or macros are disabled altogether. Confirm the settings on a working machine by:

Office 2000

  • Start the Office application (Excel in this case).
    View | Toolbars | Visual Basic pops up a new toolbar and there is a "Security..." button on it. Click the button and select "low."
  • Go to "View | Toolbars | Visual Basic."
  • Click the "Security..." button.
    • The setting should be "Medium" or lower.

Office 2003

  • Start the Office application (Excel in this case).
  • Go to "Tools | Options."
  • Click the "Security" tab.
  • Click the "Macro Security..." button.
    • The setting should be "Medium" or lower.

If it is higher on the agents (for users that own agent processes), adjust that setting for all users that run agent services.

Applies to

  • Product versions: All
  • OS versions: Windows
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