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Article ID: 960247 - Last Review: June 21, 2014 - Revision: 1.0


You use Internet Explorer on a Windows Vista-based computer to open a Microsoft Office file from a site that requires digital certification. When you do this, the Choose a digital certificate dialog box appears unexpectedly behind the Internet Explorer window.


This problem is fixed in the 2007 Office system hotfix package that was released on November 19, 2008.

For more information about the hotfix package, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
960053  ( ) Description of the 2007 Office system hotfix package (Mso.msp): November 19, 2008
Note After you install this hotfix package, the Choose a digital certificate dialog box appears in front of all windows as expected. Additionally, this hotfix package does not affect any other dialog box prompt that might occur as the result of other configurations.


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.
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Applies to
  • Microsoft Office Professional 2007
  • Microsoft Office Small Business 2007
  • Microsoft Office Standard 2007
  • Microsoft Office Ultimate 2007
  • Microsoft Office Basic 2007
  • Microsoft Office Enterprise 2007
  • Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007
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