How to disable Protected View in Microsoft Office

Today, we will see how you can disable Protected View in Microsoft Office programs like Excel, Word, PowerPoint, etc, via the Trust Center – also called Data Execution Prevention mode. Protected View in Microsoft Office 2013 / 2010 helps keep your Windows computer protected from potential security damage. But if you want to disable Protected View in Microsoft Office,  you can do so as follows.

Disable Protected View in Microsoft Office

Open the Microsoft Office program like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc., and click on the File menu.

Next select Options.

This will open the document or Word Options.

In the left side you will see Trust Center. Click on it.

Disable Protected View in Microsoft Office

The Trust Center contains security & privacy settings, which help keep your computer secure & safe. It is advisable to not change them. But should you wish to disable the Protected View or Data Execution Prevention mode, you can select your preferences here.

Do note that the Protected view opens potentially dangerous files, without any security prompts, in a restricted mode to help minimize=e harm to your Windows computer. By disabling Protected view you could be exposing your Windows PC to possible security threats.

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