Associate a certificate

The feature described in this Help topic is available only if any of the following versions of both Office SharePoint Server 2007 and Microsoft Office Enterprise 2007 are installed: Chinese (Traditional), Chinese (Simplified), Japanese, or Korean.

You can associate your stamp or signature with the certificate to officially prove that the stamp or signature actually belongs to you. The Group Approval solution supports certificates that were issued according to certificate standards, including public certificates and private certificates issued by companies. Associating your certificate means encryption using the certificate, not attaching it.

  1. Prepare the certificate to use. If you want to use one of your public certificates, save it from the Web site where it was issued. The private key should also be saved. For more information, contact your issuing authority.

  2. On the taskbar, click Start, and then click Run.

  3. To run the Microsoft management console, in the Open box, type mmc.exe .

  4. To open the Add/Remove Snap-in dialog box, on the File menu of the management console, click Add/Remove Snap-in.

  5. To open the Add Standalone Snap-in dialog box, click Add .

  6. In the Available Standalone Snap-ins list, select Certificate, and then click Add.

  7. In the Certificates snap-in dialog box, select My user account and click Finish.

  8. In the Add Standalone Snap-in dialog box, click Close, and then click OK in the Add/Remove Snap dialog box.

  9. From the console route of the management console application, click + displayed next to 'Certificate – Current User' to expand the node.

  10. From the expanded node, highlight Personal.

  11. On the Actions menu, click All Tasksand then click Import to start Certificate Import Wizard.

  12. To select the location where the certificate prepared in the Step 1 is stored, on the second screen of the wizard, click Browse , and then click Next.

  13. Enter the password in the Password box, and clear both the Enable strong private key protection and the Mark this key as exportable check boxes. To go to the next page, click Next .

  14. Select the Place all certificates in the following store check box, and select Certificate store as Personal. To go to the next page, click Next.

  15. To exit the Certificate Import Wizard, click Finish.

  16. Confirm the message that import has been completed.

  17. From the nodes under Certificate – Current User, click the Trusted Root Certification Authorities node or Intermediate Certification Authorities node .

  18. Repeat Steps 11 through 16 to import the certificate,.

Now, when you sign the document in Microsoft Office Word 2007 or Microsoft Office Excel 2007, the certificate that was added in the Select Certificate dialog box is displayed.

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