Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Open a Workbook in Protected View
Chapter 10: Maximizing Excel Security and Privacy
Excel displays a list of
options for opening the
6 Click Open in Protected
Excel opens the
workbook in Protected
The Protected View
message bar appears.
Excel hides the Ribbon.
Excel 2010 opens a workbook in Protected View not only when you open a file from
the Internet or from an e-mail attachment, but also if you open a workbook from a
potentially unsafe folder, such as the Temporary Internet Files folder, which is where
Internet Explorer stores its cache. Excel 2010 also scans each file it opens to validate the
file’s structure, and if a workbook fails this validation, Excel opens it using Protected
These are sensible precautions, but you can disable one or more of them if you find
Protected View to be inconvenient in some situations. Click the File tab, and then click
Options to open the Excel Options dialog box. Click the Trust Center tab and then click
the Trust Center Settings button to open the Trust Center dialog box. Click the Protected
View tab. In the Protected View section, click to select the check box beside the scenario
you want to disable, and then click OK.