Configure protected view in Word 2010


On Premises

Office 2010's default Protected View feature determines that when a file appears to be from a potentially risky location, such as the Internet, it is opened by default in Protected View, and you are required to Enable Editing to change it in any way:


Protected View appears to be simply a read-only view, but is more sophisticated – the file is actually being opened in a sandbox environment that isolates it from your other files, profiles and settings. One of the primary advantages of this feature is that you can safely view a file before deciding if it is safe (earlier Microsoft Office prompts required you to decide whether a file was safe before allowing you to open and view it).

Microsoft recommends that you keep Protected View enabled, but allows you to customize the Protected View options.

To customize Microsoft 2010 Protected View options

1. Open MS Word 2010, go to File Menu, and select Options.

2. Select Trust Center from the left sidebar and then click Trust Center Settings button in the main window.


3. In the Trust Center dialog window, select Protected View from the left sidebar and disable protected view for any desired option, depending depend on how you use Author-it Publishing to Word:

  • Enable Protected View for files that fail validation
  • Enable Protected View for files originating from the Internet.
  • Enable Protected View for files located in potentially unsafe locations.
  • Enable Protected View for Outlook attachments.

4. Select OK.

5. Publish to Word 2010 from Author-it and check that you are no longer prompted to enable editing.