Disable that annoying ‘Protect View’ on Office 2010

Disable that annoying ‘Protect View’ on Office 2010


For those of us who own Office 2010, we all know how annoying it is when we open a new document we’ve received in an email, and it opens up in one of the Office 2010 programs (Excel, PowerPoint, Word, etc.), and as we go to read it, that annoying sign pops up which says ‘The File Originated from an Internet Location and might be unsafe. Click for more details ‘ and the only way to to start editing a document is to click that ‘Enable Editing’ Button. Yes some might say it protects you computer against malicious threats that might have been in the documents, but it is rather annoying for someone like me who likes to get into a document straight away. In saying that, I would only recommend people who know exactly which documents you are opening to follow through with this ‘How-To’ Guide.

The process is actually quite simple and easy and I figured other people might want to know how to get rid of that annoying ‘Protect View’ sign, so here it is!

Step 1:
Open up Microsoft Word (this step is the most essential as without it we’re not going to get very far!).

Step 2:
Click on the File button in the meny section, and go down to the ‘Options’ Button and click on that.

Step 3:
Once in Options, find the ‘Trust Center’ menu option and once there, click on the button as in the picture below called ‘Trust Center Settings’.


Step 4:
Once in the Trust Center Settings, simply click on the ‘Protected View’ tab on the menu, and here is where you can change the settings. There are 3 tick boxes which you can use to get rid of that pesky Protect View sign, and in my case I unchecked all 3 boxes to get rid of the sign for good. Please do be advised that you should always make sure you know what you are opening before you proceed with this step. Once you’ve unchecked the boxes you’ve chosen, simply click on the ‘OK’ button at the bottom, and thats it – you are now ‘Protect View’ Free! (Don’t click the Data Execution Prevention Button)

(Also note, you have to do these exact steps in each Office 2010 Program individually, but the steps are exactly the same as shown in them ‘How-To’ Guide)


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  • SanDiegan

    Hi, Jubbin,

    Very helpful, thanks.  Now I can play certain slideshow PPT file with 2010 Powerpoint , but still not able to play it with Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 Viewer Service Pack 1.  I got the  popup with message “usage:extract path, extract the contents of the package to the path folder …” please see attachment.Any suggestion will be appreciated.SanDiegan

  • http://www.techin5.com Techin5

    Can’t say we’ve ever received that message. Your best bet here will be to ask Microsoft (on their forums) about potential fixes. Thanks for visiting!

  • Goatkiller

    Hi SanDiegan

    I haven’t seen this error before, but i remember reading about someone who has something simular and the way he got around it was to let his horse sleep in the same bed as him. After a few nights the error disappeared but so so much horse manure collected in the house that his wife had trouble sleeping for days

  • Daniël Roux

    Great, thanks for showing me how to do it! :)