Disable ‘Protected View’ for downloaded worksheets in Microsoft Excel 2010
Are you working on a Windows 7-based PC? If you have the Microsoft Office 2010 productivity suite installed, you may have noticed that every time you download a document, for any of its applications, it opens up in the ‘Protected View’. This view is a security feature of the program and it opens up worksheets in the read-only format and not in the edit-able form. This helps the suite to thwart off any Internet-borne malware that may be attempting to enter into your PC by tagging along with the downloaded file. However, if you so require, you can opt to disable this feature and smoothen up the process of opening a downloaded file. If you haven’t yet tried the steps, here is your chance to do it…
The easy step solution to the above issue is as:
- Click on the ‘File’ menu and then click on ‘Options’.
- In the ‘Excel 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 Excel worksheet.
Now, the protected view notification won’t bug you anymore when you open downloaded worksheets. This task can be especially helpful when you have numerous Microsoft Excel 2010 files that you have to download on your mailbox and the Protected View is preventing smooth download and opening of the files.
Here is a short video that you can check out to enjoy a quick recap of the steps mentioned above: