How to turn off “Protected View” from Word 2013?

Whenever I tried to open Word files for editing, my Microsoft Word 2013 always displays “PROTECTED VIEW” bar and I have to click “Enable Editing” to continue for editing. How can I turn off this damn annoying??

nguyen's answer

Absolutely. This is also damn annoying me because most of my Office files come from trusted sources, and I don’t want to have bigger hands by clicking “Enable Editing” :) . Why do we have this annoying? From Microsoft Office 2010, Microsoft offers the feature named “Protected View” to help users prevent harmful contents. This is useful especially when we open word file from untrusted sources in emails or networks’ location. These contents can contain virus, worms that could make your computer down. From that view point, Microsoft provide “Protected View” feature to protects their users.

But if you are the same like me, with Word files come from trusted source that you can believe, how can we stop Word by showing “Protected View” bar. Let’s follow these simple steps to make it.


Step 1. On your Microsoft Word interface, look at the Ribbon bar, you can see a blue button name FILE to the left. Click on it then choose Option.

Turn-off-protected-view-word-2013 step 1 image


Step 2. On Word Options window, all the Word options are grouped into items in left panel. Look up and click on Trust Center like the image below.

Turn-off-protected-view-word-2013 step 2 image


Step 3. Then, look down to see Microsoft Word Trust Center section in the right panel. In this section, click on Trust Center Settings button on the far right side.

Turn-off-protected-view-word-2013 step 3 image


Step 4. In pop-up Trust Center screen, click on Protected View. You will see 3 options for Protected View on the right side of Trust Center window. The first one will show Protected View bar when open Word file from the Internet, like browser, etc.. The second will prevent you editing files that open from un-safe locations like Temporary Internet Files. And the last one will protected view the word files opening from Outlook. Un-tick the third option will solve your problem.


Turn-off-protected-view-word-2013 step 4 image


Now, let’s try to open a Word files from Outlook and enjoy your works!

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  2. Joe User says:

    In my installation, those options are checked and greyed out. I can’t deselect them. Is there a workaround for that — or am I just a victim of the company security policy?

  3. Kathy says:

    thanks for the tips, still didn’t work. Word document still open as “read only” mode. any idea what to do next?

  4. Roger says:

    I have tried this is Word and Excel 2013 and this does not correct the issues for me. Anybody else have any thoughts?

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