Office 2010: Disable Protected View for Outlook Attachments

   Posted January 17, 2011 by Lê Hoàng in Microsoft Office

When you open a Word, PowerPoint or Excel document in Outlook, typically it will be opened in Protected View mode. If you find this unnecessary, you can disable this option and go straight to Edit mode by following this step by step tutorial.

When you open a document in Outlook 2010, it will be opened in Protected View mode like below:

To disable protected view for Outlook attachments:

1. Launch Word, PowerPoint or Excel 2010 and go to File->Options.

2. In Word Options window, go to Trust Center->Trust Center Settings…

3. Go to Protected View, uncheck Enable Protected View for Outlook attachments and hit OK.

Note: When you use this option, make sure that you know all documents are safe. Opening unknown documents with protected view disabled can harm your computer.


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  • adickson

    New MW Excel
    Everytime I open older version spreadsheet, yellow strip appears at top: Security Warning Macros have been disabled. “Enable Content”
    To eliminate the warning I started another spreadsheet from scratch with the new Excel 2010. I still get the Security warning even though I have not received the spreadsheet from the internet or an outside source.
    Frustrating. This file I do not intend to send as an attachment to email nor post to the internet. Any way around this?