18 December, 2010

How to disable protected mode in office 2010 (protected view

Protected mode is a new security feature available in Microsoft Office 2010.It enhances protection against risky Outlook email attachments, files that came from the Internet, files that fail validation or files that are located in potentially unsafe locations.

“By default Office 2010 will open documents in protected mode that fail validation, have been downloaded from the internet, are located in potentially unsafe location and include attachments. Protected view opens the document in read-only mode thus minimizing the exposure to some potential security threat.

If you are an experienced user who is annoyed by the protected view, you can always disable it even though it is not recommended by Microsoft.

Please refer the following steps as how to disable the protected mode in Office 2010:

-Run one of the Microsoft Office 2010 applications (e.g. Word 2010/Excel 2010/PowerPoint 2010).

-Click on Office button, and select Options.

-In the “Options” dialog, select Trust Center in the left pane.

-Click on Trust Center Settings in the right pane.

-Select Protected View in the left pane of “Trust Center” dialog.

-Disable any of all of the protected mode options as below by clicking the check boxes:

-Click OK.

If you have any queries/questions regarding the above mentioned info then please let me know,Thanks..


  1. Hi,
    After disabling the protected mode,the same problem is getting to open the excel sheet,it is showing the protected mode in red tab.Please help me to resolve this issue.

  2. What excatly the error message you are getting while opening excel spreadsheets ?

    Where excatly it is showing the protected mode in red tab??- bottom of the task bar ? please specify the location ?

    Is this Excel spreadsheet located on SharePoint ?

  3. I have left protected mode on on all PCs using Office 2010 but one PC only opens SharePoint files in Protected view and the user is unable to edit it. i am struggling to find the difference in her settings from others who open files okay. Any clues would be appreciated.

  4. Hello,

    1- Turn off "Automatically detect settings" in IE (Options->connections->LAN settings) so that it would actually take notice of the fact that I'd made my SharePoint site a Trusted Site in IE

    2-Add your SharePoint site as a Trusted Location in Office and turned off all the Protected View settings in Office, Trust Center.

    Apply the above mentioned settings and check the results. Please let me know the same. Thank you


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