Disable Protected View in Excel

When you download files from the Internet, the file may be opened in the Protected View. It’s a read-only mode. Unless you need to edit the document, you shouldn’t leave the protected view.

Exit protected view

If you trust the source the document is coming from, you can exit the protected view by clicking Enable Editing on the message bar.

Graphical user interface, application

Description automatically generated

Once you click the button, the protected view will be disabled for this document, even if you close it without saving.

Disable protected view

To disable the protected view, follow these steps:

  1. Click the File tab in the upper-left corner.

Description automatically generated
  1. At the bottom-left corner click Options.
Graphical user interface

Description automatically generated
  1. Click Trust Center, and then Trust Center Settings …
Graphical user interface, text, application

Description automatically generated
  1. Uncheck the three options under the Protected View category.
Graphical user interface, text, application, email

Description automatically generated
  1. Click OK to apply changes.

Now, the Protected View message won’t be bothering you again. You have to remember that disabling these options make you more vulnerable to virus attacks or other kinds of malware that can harm your computer.

Tomasz Decker is an Excel specialist, skilled in data analysis and financial modeling.