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Personal Certificates - Outlook

If you haven't already done so, proceed with the InCommon invitation process.


To start using personal certificates with Outlook (or Chrome or IE or Edge) in Windows, you'll need to complete a few phases of configuration below.  (The following will not work with Firefox.)


Import Your Certificate


Open Saved Certificate File

Double click the downloaded and saved personal certificate file. This will start the Certificate Import Wizard.


Start of Certifcate Import Wizard

The wizard begins …


Certificate Import Options

The default import options are satisfactory for most purposes.

Selecting the "mark key as exportable" is optional but useful. It's a less-secure method of storing the key, but it will allow you a second method of creating a backup of your certificate and key, using tools such as the Certificate MMC snap-in.


Automatically Select The Certificate Store

Windows will automatically select the appropriate store for your personal certificate.


NOTE: If you only need the certificate for using applications that you access with IE or Edge or Chrome in Windows, you are done at this point.  You can, optionally, configure Outlook below to allow signing/encrypting e-mail messages.



Signing Your First Email


Self Addressed Test

After importing your certificate, open Outlook and compose a new, self-addressed test email.


First Message Options

From the Options tab of the ribbon, find "More Options".


Outlook Signing Options

A new Options window appears. Click Security Settings…


Add Digital Signature

Select the checkbox for Add a digital signature.


Successful First Signature

Send your email. Then, check your Inbox for a signed message.



Signing Future Email


New Sign Option On Ribbon

In the future, the sign and encrypt options will be available directly from the ribbon.