Disable Protected View for Outlook Attachments

Tired of Microsoft Office getting having a fit every time you open a downloaded Outlook email attachment? Here’s how to disable protected view for Outlook email attachments in this groovy tip.

Anytime you download a file and open it in Microsoft Office, the office program will autonomously enter Protected View. In the 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 helpful.

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

Go to the Protected View tab in the trust center 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.



  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.

  3. Tom Perkins

    April 12, 2022 at 8:04 am

    There is no protected view for outlook 2021. Any idea of how I can view all attachments simply by clicking on them?
    Thanks much!

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