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office 2010One of the newest features in Office 2010 is the new “Protected View” which protects your operating system from those unsafe documents downloaded from the Internet or suspicious Outlook email attachments which fail validation. If any of these documents are detected by Office 2010, the system will open them in a “Read-Only” way, thus diminishing the risk to be infected by malware or viruses.f I, for any reason, you do not like such a feature,  here is a simple tutorial to disable it in a couple of steps. 

  1. Open Word or Excel in Office 2010.
  2. Click the Office button. Go to File Menu, Office Backstage,  and click Options.
  3. In the left pane, Click Trust Center.
  4. Now, on the right pane, click the Trust Center Settings button.
  5. At this point you should be in the Trust Center dialog window.
  6. In the left pane, click Protected View.
  7. Untick the following options:
  8. Enable Protected View for files that fail validation
    Enable Protected View for files originating from the Internet
    Enable Protected View for files located in potentially unsafe locations
    Enable Protected View for Outlook attachments

  9. Click OK.

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5 Comments to “How to Turn Off Protected View in Office 2010”

  1. Thomas Says:

    What do you mean: “add to registry” copy paste where?>

  2. foofoo Says:

    Thanks Flop – I was having this issue in Word. Edited the Word string per your direction and it fixed the problem.

  3. Nick Says:

    Yes, i did it.

  4. jc Says:

    Yes, modify registry is valid.

    Thank wokflop very much.

  5. wokflop Says:

    This failed to fix my issue, so if anyone else is having the problem of Office 2010 failing to open files. Add this to registry.


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