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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  1. Dominique

    We recently updated to microsoft 2010 and it appears that we are now unable to open our “protected” spreadsheet. The password are not working. As anyone encountered this problem, if so how did you fix it? Thank you for your help, am desperate 🙁

  2. marfi

    This did not work for me, I’ve added the folders with the problem files in the trusted folders section and it worked then.

  3. jf

    this trust center is a pain in the ass… it gives too many fake alerts and messes up documents. i wish i could delete this silly addon. it only gives more work and it doesnot do any good.

  4. Harry de Haan

    You made me the luckiest man on earth! After a week of irritation and frustration your article helped me. Disabled the trusted view protection in both Excel and Word and now I can work again. Thanks!

  5. jjosport

    This is garbage information. Works on some and not on other documents.

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