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How to Enable/Disable Protected View in Office 2016

Usually, when you open an Office Word/Excel/PowerPoint file downloaded/received from the web or some other locations potentially dangerous for the computer system, Office program will open the file in "Protected View", and you will be prompted with the "Protected View" alert message.

"Protected View" is one of the security features built-in Microsoft Office 2010-2016 for protecting your computer from viruses, malware, or anything unsafe possibly embedded in the Office document. However, being frequently blocked with such a prompt may be annoying and sometimes unnecessary for you so that you may wonder how to remove it. Now, this page will show how to enable/disable Protected View in Office 2016.

How to enable/disable Protected View in Office 2016 Word/Excel/PowerPoint

An Office document that opens in protected view mode can't be edited. If you trust the source of this document, just need to click the Enable editing button to remove the "Protected view" so that you can edit the document. However, this is temporary. Next time you open a Word document, it will still open in protected view mode. To permanently disable "Protected View" in Office 2016, do as follows.

Step 1: Open one already existing Office document, such as Word. Or create and open a new Office document.

Step 2: Select the File -> Options tab.

Click Options tab

Step 3: After the Word Options dialog opens, select Trust Center on the left-side pane and then click Trust Center Settings button on the right-side pane.

Click on Trust Center Settings

Step 4: After the Trust Center dialog opens, select Protected View. "Protected View" is enabled by default. To disable it, uncheck the boxes next to the corresponding items and click OK. If you want to disable "Protected View" in Excel/PowerPoint 2016, the steps are the same.

Uncheck the boxes

Then you won’t be prompted with the Protected View warning next time when you open an Office file downloaded/received from the internet or other location.

Tips: "Protected View" is actually one very useful feature to secure computer system from potentially dangerous programs/files. Once a Word/Excel/PowerPoint document is received from the Internet or other places, Office program will detect it. Once potential safety problems are found, Office will open the document in an environment isolated from the computer system, which is just the "Protected View". This prevents the virus or malware running on your computer. Hence, You are not recommended to disable “Protected View” feature in Office 2016/2013/2010 unless you are pretty sure you won't open any potentially unsafe Office files or you've installed anti-virus software on your computer.