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Changing which files open in Protected View
Changing which files open in Protected View
Files that you download from sites on the Internet and from
other potentially unsafe locations can contain viruses or other
kinds of malware. To help protect your computer, Word 2013
normally opens files from potentially unsafe locations in Pro-
tected View . Protected View is a read-only mode in which most
editing functions are disabled, and the document is displayed
in Read Mode. In Protected View, you can inspect a document’s
contents while reducing the risk of damage. If you know the
document is safe, you can exit Protected View and edit it as you
would normally.
to check each file. For example, documents that you create on
SkyDrive and later download to your desktop are considered to
come from the Internet, and thus they open in Protected View.
Documents that you receive as attachments to email messages
also open in Protected View. Under some circumstances, doc-
uments from older versions of Word might open in Protected
View or might not be allowed to open at all. In all of these
situations, you can change the settings in Word to allow the
documents to open normally when you know that the files are
safe. You can still use Protected View to open documents about
which you’re unsure.
Protected View can be annoying, particularly if you’re always
careful not to open suspicious files and don’t need this view
Exit Protected View
1 If the yellow Protected View message bar appears when you open
a document, and you know the document is safe, click the Enable
Editing button on the message bar.
If you aren’t sure about the document’s safety, or if you don’t need
to edit it, you can leave the document in Protected View until you
close it.
TIP The wording of the Protected View message depends on
which of several rules caused Protected View to occur.
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