GWKB2049 : Exit Protected View In Microsoft Office

Product: Window-Eyes
Author: Jeremy Curry
Date Added: 12/02/2013
Last Modified: 12/02/2013

When a document is in Protected View, you will not be able to read or edit the document.  When this happens, you will hear "Protected View" announced after the file name.  Documents will open in Protected View if Office 2010 or 2013 determine that the file originated from the internet or a potentially unsafe location (such as a shared folder on your local network or an email attachment).  To exit Protected View, perform the following steps:

1.    Press F6
2.    Tab to the Enable Editing button
3.    Press Enter

If you find that the above steps are not working for you, there is an alternate way to exit Protected View.  To use this method, perform the following steps:

1.    Press Alt
2.    Press F to open the File button
3.    Press I to focus the Info tab
4.    Press E to activate the Enable Editing button

You will then exit Protected View and you can begin working with the document.  For a video tutorial on how to turn off Protected View, please visit http://www.gwmicro.com/Training/Tutorials/.  

Permanently Disable Protected View

It is possible to completely turn off Protected View, so that you do not need to turn it off on a per document basis.  To permanently disable Protected View, perform the following steps:

1.    Press Alt-F to open the File button
2.    Press T to open Options
3.    Down Arrow to Trust Center
4.    Press Alt-T to activate the Trust Center Settings button
5.    Down Arrow to Protected View
6.    Tab to the Enable Protected View for files originating from the Internet check box
7.    Press Space to uncheck the box
8.    Tab to the Enable Protected View for files located in potentially unsafe locations check box
9.    Press Space to uncheck the box
10.    Tab to the Enable Protected View for Outlook attachments check box
11.    Press Space to uncheck the box
12.    Tab to the OK button
13.    Press Enter and the Trust Center dialog will close
14.    Tab to the OK button
15.    Press Enter and the Word Options dialog will close