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Customizing and Securing Microsoft Word 2010

Choosing What’s Displayed in Protected View

The Protected View message bar appears when you have tried to open a file that has either been blocked or has been determined to be in a file format flagged for blocking. If you want to see the contents of the file or know the person or company who sent it, you can open the file in Protected View. Protected View is a safe mode that enables you to view the file without it potentially affecting your other files. When you know the file is okay, you can click Enable Editing to open the file normally.

Word 2010 enables you to choose when Protected View is used for your files. You’ll find the settings for Protected View in the Protected View category in the Trust Center.

Set Protected View Settings

  1. Click the File tab and click Options to display the Word Options dialog box.

  2. Click Trust Center and click Trust Center Settings.

  3. Select Protected View.

  4. Click to remove the check mark of any setting you do not want to keep.

  5. Click OK.

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