Enabling the Developer tab

I used to be able to run macros via Tools-> Macro menu either from within the main Outlook window or when creating a message. Now with the Ribbon, there seems to be no way to directly run a macro.

How can I run macros from a window with the Ribbon?

By default the Developer tab which holds the option for running, creating and editing macros is turned off in the Ribbon.

Outlook 2007

  1. Open a message or create a new one.
  2. Click on the Office logo in the left top and choose Editor Options.
  3. In the Popular section, enable the option: Show Developer tab in the Ribbon.
  4. Press OK to close the open dialog.

Outlook 2010, Outlook 2013 and Outlook 2016

  1. Press File button next to the Home tab and choose Options.
  2. Select the section Customize Ribbon.
  3. In the right pane, enable the selection field before “Developer”.
  4. Press OK to close the open dialog.

VBA Editor, Add-Ins and Custom Forms

Aside from the buttons to launch a Macro and the Visual Basic (VBA) editor, you’ll also find the options to design and publish forms. In Outlook 2010, Outlook 2013 and Outlook 2016, it will also provide you easy access to COM Add-Ins and Disabled Items.

The Developer tab, which enables you to create macros and custom forms, is disabled by default in Outlook 2007 and Outlook 2010.
The Developer tab, which enables you to create macros and custom forms, is disabled by default in Outlook 2007, Outlook 2010, Outlook 2013 and Outlook 2016.

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