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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  • Julia B Loiseau Says:

    I just noticed the documents are opening in read mode instead of print layout. Don't know how this setting got changed. I've spent an hour trying to figure it out.
    Never mind....
    But thanks.

  • srber Says:

    In addition to the above, under "Options", "General" pane, Section, "Start-Up Options", un-check "Open e-mail attachments and other uneditable files in reading view".

  • Ehzaz Ahmad Says:

    I've clicked on file but it not allow me to select option please help me thanks

  • Phillip Tan Says:

    The steps as described works!, but it depends also what your system administrator allows.

    For example in my word all described options are disabled, but when my word opens i still get the Enable Editing button.

    But in another environment the Enable Editing button will not appear.

    I think that in a company (for security reasons) the macro settings are standard disabled, so you have to manually accept editing and the enable editing button will thus always appear.

  • Oscar Williams Says:

    I want to stop protected view!

  • Michael Rivers Says:

    This does nothing at all I still cannot edit the files from my old computer

  • Dustin Says:

    Thanks for the help! Worked great!

  • CharcoalMan Says:

    Thank you so much :D You save my life!

  • Steve Says:

    This did not remedy the issue. I double checked, and rebooted. Despite making the above changes,my documents still open up in protect mode. This is so annoying.

  • From: Christi Hocker Says:

    Hey -this is a pretty easy to follow and will allow you do edit documents. I emailed it to myself and didn't have the edit only version so I think it must be your setting.

  • Tinks Says:

    I still can't edit the document after I followed the video. Anything else you can tell me to try?

  • David Says:

    Thanks for help, getting to hate Microsoft.

  • Nakashima Says:

    Thank you very much. :) Very good Job

  • Joseph Says:

    Didn't work can you show how to do it in the registry?

  • IgorS Says:

    Thank you Avram, very useful indeed.

  • Zoran Says:

    Excellent. Short and easy to follow. Thanks

  • Andrew Says:

    Perfect... easy to follow steps

  • Tina Y. Says:


  • The Dude Says:

    TY TY TY...huge help, got me out of a big time jam!!

  • Arpan P Says:

    Thanks a lot! It was really helpful for me!

  • Bhasker K Says:

    oh i am so relieved, thanks for the help on this.

  • Andrew Kongani Says:

    Men you have saved, for the last three weeks I was out of balance,
    thanks and God bless yea people.

  • ram sai prakash Says:

    very very thanks it was very helpful and save me

  • ajay dev Says:

    Thank you for the advice and help

  • Mohamed hussain Says:

    thanks loat giving ur quick support

  • Indrajith Says:

    U saved my day. I was worried like hell.

  • Molly Says:

    Thanks for the quick and easy solve!

  • MAHESH Says:


  • delores highsmith Says:

    after getting this same fix from Microsoft, I thought it was working. So I went though my docs and saved them with the new settings. At the time of save they were listed as editable doc. When I opened them again they were in protected mode again. I even opened a new doc, cut and pasted. Same result. I am using office 2013 and Win OS 8.

  • gio Says:

    THANK YOU!!!

  • bruno Says:

    thank you... finaly working :)

  • Ron Says:

    I have done this heaps and still can not print the document , it says to contact the administrator, who the fuck is that??

  • magdy Says:

    Good Job Thanks a lot.

  • justin Says:

    It worked, thanks a lot for your help. Justin from Kinshasa (DR Congo)

  • Youuuuuuuuuuuu Says:

    Youz a gud man. I call you Guzman.

  • Sandi Says:

    I think I'm in love. Thank you thank you thank you

  • Mike Fitz Says:

    This is very well documented, thank you. But I am still having the problem. I am on Windows 8.1 and Office 2013 (i.e. Word 2013 (15.0.4791.1001).Excel is working just fine, but Word has not changed and still opens in protective view. Any ideas?

  • Nils Says:

    I had a file on the network I could not open. I stored under another name, but could not open the new file either. This advise solved my problems. I am so tired of Office 2013 that I want to go back to Office 2010 which is a good solution. Moving from O 2010 to O 2013 is the most studpid thing I have done this year. I face problems like this every day and it takes far too much time.

  • Pat Says:

    By unchecking the three options under Protected View, am I not exposing my computer to possible security threats and/or opening potentially dangerous files? If so, is there no option that does not include those risks? Thanks.

  • Terri Says:

    Easy to follow instructions, but everything still opens up with enable editing.

  • M S K Sam Says:

    Excellent explanation THANK YOU.

  • Rahul Says:

    GOD Bless

  • al Says:

    To KAREN- you will need to disable protected view in WORD, EXCEL, etc. not just in OUTLOOK. hope this helps.

  • al Says:

    Perfect! I still can't figure out why yesterday I did not have this issue, but today I was having it. I didn't change any options. I guess the obvious answer is "that's just WINDOWS". thanks again.

  • MC Says:

    Thank you! I am a teacher with a lot of things to download and this was driving me crazy!

  • Paul Says:

    very clear explanation. Thanks.

  • 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.

  • Bree Says:

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

    Thank you!

  • Dave Be=radshaw Says:

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

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