Disable ‘Protected View’ for downloaded documents in Microsoft Word 2010
Microsoft Word 2010 offers you several security features that make sure that all downloaded files are safely downloaded on your PC and that there is no malware or virus tagging along with a file that you are attempting to download. One such feature is offering you the Protected View for downloaded documents. As soon as you have downloaded a Microsoft Word 2010 document from your mailbox, you will notice that it has opened up in a view that allows you to read the contents of the same but not edit it. This is the Protected View. You can close this view and open the document in the edit-able format if you are sure about the source from where it has come.
You can temporarily disable this view and enable it later if you so require it. Here are the steps that you can follow:
- You can see this notification on downloaded documents when they open in the ‘Protected View’.
- To change this, click on the ‘File’ menu and then click ‘Options’.
- In the ‘Word Options’ window, click on ‘Trust Center’ in the left pane.
- Then, click on the ‘Trust Center Settings’ button.
- In the trust center window, go to the ‘Protected View’ tab and then uncheck ‘Enable Protected View’ for files originating from the Internet.
- Click ‘OK’ twice and then close the Microsoft Word window.
If there are a large number of documents that you are expecting from a trusted source, having each document open in the Protected View can make things hassling for you. However, if you choose to disable this feature, it won’t bug you anymore and you can open the downloaded documents right in the edit-able form.
To help you recall the steps mentioned above, here is a short video that you can check out…