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Understanding Protected View
Understanding Protected View
One of the new features in Excel 2010 is called Protected View. Although it may seem like Excel
is trying to keep you from opening your own files, Protected View is all about protecting you
from malware.
Malware refers to something that can harm your system. Hackers have figured out several ways to
manipulate Excel files so that harmful code can execute. Protected View essentially prevents these
types of attacks by opening a file in a protected environment (sometimes called a sandbox ).
If you use Excel 2010 to open an Excel workbook that you downloaded from the Web, you’ll see
a colorful message above the Formula bar (see Figure 3-1). In addition, Excel’s title bar displays
the text [Protected View] .
Figure 3-1: This message tells you the workbook was opened in Protected View.
If you are certain that the file is safe, click Enable Editing. If you don’t enable editing, you’ll be
able to view the contents of the workbook, but you won’t be able to make any changes to it.
If the workbook contains macros, you’ll see another message after you enable editing: Security
Warning. Macros have been disabled . If you’re sure that the macros are harmless, click Enable
Content.
Protected View kicks in for the following:
h Files downloaded from the Internet
h Attachments opened from Outlook 2010
h Files opened from potentially unsafe locations, such as your Temporary Internet Files
folder
h File that are blocked by File Block Policy (a feature that allows administrators to define
potentially dangerous files)
h Files that were digitally signed, but the signature has expired
In addition, you can specifically request that a file be opened in Protected View in the File Open
dialog box: Click the Open button and choose Open in Protected View.
In some situations, you don’t care about working with the document. You just want to print it.
Fortunately, printing is allowed for documents opened in Protected View. Choose File
Print and
then click the Enable Printing button.
It would be nice if copying were allowed in Protected View — but it’s not. The only way to copy
information from a workbook in Protected View is to enable editing.
 
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