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Enable Editing for All Office 2010 Documents by Disabling Protected View

Protected View can stop viruses from installing onto your computer but comes at the price of clicking a button every time you want to edit a document. Here’s how to permanently disable Protected View for all documents in Microsoft Office.

Microsoft added many usability and security features to Office 2010 that help protect end users from embedded plugins and viruses that can crash Office or even install viruses. These features go a long way to keep your computer running smoothly, but there are still options you can tweak to disable Protected View for specific files. To fine tune your Protected View options have a look below.

Disable Protected View for Specific Documents

To get to the protected view options, open Microsoft Word 2010 and then go to file and options.

On the left column click Trust Center and then click Trust Center Settings.

Now on the left column click Protected View and uncheck any documents you would like to open automatically with Protected View disabled. This will allow you to edit the documents without needing to enable editing but may also make your computer an easy target for zero day virus exploits.

Once you check or un-check the settings you want you can close the windows. Repeat these steps for Microsoft Excel and Powerpoint if you want to disable Protected View there too.

Modify Safe Locations

To add more locations that are marked as safe for Protected View go back to the Trust Center Settings and click Trusted locations on the left.

Click add new locations at the bottom and browse to the location you would like to add to the trusted locations list.

Any documents in the new location will now be marked as safe.

Disable Protected View from Registry

Like most options in Windows there is a way to disable these settings via the registry too. If for some reason the options in Office do not work or you want to be able to automate this setting for multiple computers you can try setting one or more of these registry values below.




The three values you would want to set are:




By setting each value to 1 you will disable Protected View for that file location.

Justin Garrison is a Linux and HTPC enthusiast who loves to try new projects. He isn't scared of bricking a cell phone in the name of freedom.

  • Published 04/25/11

Comments (14)

  1. snowbird

    I do not have a File button next to the Home button.

  2. jon

    Then you’d better reinstall Office. If you don’t have a File button, you’ve got a problem.

  3. shesmovedon

    or you have Office 2007

  4. dragonbite

    Office 2007 has a big round button in the top left corner, Office 2010 has a File tab.

  5. jon

    Sorry snowbird. I use 2010, but at least your question’s been answered.

  6. Hackerpunk1

    Great Post

  7. alma

    I don’t have the Protected View in that menu. Yes, I have 2010 ver and am in the right place. Sigh.

  8. Jill

    How do I unprotect a paragraph that has been protected within a Word 2010 document?

  9. gordon

    My options button is greyed out, so how do i clik on it?

  10. James Borg


    It is likely that your system administrator has enabled a Group Policy the prevents you from changing this setting.

  11. shailendra chauhan

    hi thank

  12. vimal

    it article helped me in disabling word 2007 document(with form fields, namely check fields ) which was protected for any change and editing.
    I have opened word 2007 document with my office 2010 starter installed.

    Thanks Justin Garrison!!


  13. Raju

    I am having one problem with protected view.

    It happen sometimes, not always…

    I download a file from my e-mail, opened it in Word (or Excel), enabled editing by clicking the button, made some of the changes that are needed, saved and closed the file. Later, when I again open the file to resume editing, I again get the protected view and have to enable editing again. It seems Office does not remember that I enabled editing earlier and made some changes in the file.

    Any solution??

  14. Anne

    Got a prob with protected view as well.

    I enabled edit, so i have to update some fields before the user can do his changes.
    I cant run the macro Word command : “FileSave” in Document_beforeSave because the document is not active.

    Any idea ?

    Thx in advance.

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