How to Disable Protected View in Microsoft Word 2013 and Word 2010

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In an effort to protect you from your own carelessness, Microsoft Word opens documents from certain sources, including many email attachments, in Protected View, a mode which does not allow you to edit them. While it’s easy enough  to click the Enable Editing button at the top of the screen when you want to make changes, you shouldn’t have to do that. 

To open all your documents in full editing mode in Word 2013 or Word 2010, just follow these simple steps.

1. Click the File tab in the upper left corner.

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2. Select Options.

select options in word

3. Select Trust Center in the left pane.

select trust center

4. Click Trust Center Settings.

click trust center settings

5. Select Protected View.

select protected view

6. Uncheck all three options under Protected View and Click Ok.

uncheck all three options

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The official Geeks Geek, as his weekly column is titled, Avram Piltch has guided the editorial and production of Laptopmag.com since 2007. With his technical knowledge and passion for testing, Avram programmed several of LAPTOP's real-world benchmarks, including the LAPTOP Battery Test. He holds a master’s degree in English from NYU.
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  1. Karen Says:

    Have followed the directions to disable protected view in emails.
    When clicking on the file word 13 stops working is not responding and the file cannot open.

  2. Nicola A Says:

    I follow these instructions and they worked brilliantly – thanks!

  3. TungTran Says:

    Good job. thanks so much

  4. I. Langer Says:

    very clear explanation. Thanks.

  5. Melanie Says:

    THANK YOU!! LIFE SAVER!

  6. Dave Be=radshaw Says:

    Thanks – this has been bugging me for ages – trivial I know, but so glad I can now disable it!!

  7. Bree Says:

    Worked perfectly — easy to follow directions and a quick resolution.

    Thank you!

  8. Fagie Says:

    Thanks for a cogent and logical explanation and path to fixing this. I have been using MS Word since 1990, and this has been one of the most frustrating issues I have had with this application.

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