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Disable Protected View for Outlook Attachments

Anytime you download a file and then open it in Microsoft Office, the office program will autonomously enter Protected View. In protected view you cannot make modifications to the file, only view it. This also applies to email attachments downloaded via Outlook.

It’s a helpful security feature, but if you only download documents from trusted sources, this feature is more annoying than useful.

Microsoft Office Protected View

To disable it, open Microsoft Word, Excel, or Powerpoint, etc… and then click File >> Options.

file options

From the options menu select Trust Center > Trust Center Settings.

office options trust center

In the trust center go to the Protected View tab and then uncheck the bottom box titled Enable Protected View for Outlook attachments. Click OK to save changes and apply.

office proteced view trust center

Now anytime you open an Outlook email attachment that’s an Office document, the protected view notification won’t bug you anymore.

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2 Responses to Disable Protected View for Outlook Attachments

  1. Janice May 24, 2012 at 11:24 am #

    This is GREAT to know! Thanks alot! I tell everyone they should sign up for your tips. They are so useful!

  2. Mike November 20, 2012 at 12:03 pm #

    Thank you! I got this problem last week. I still don’t know why it started doing this but I’m glad you helped me fix it.

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