Disable Reading Mode and Protected View in Word 2013

I know it’s there for a reason, but I can’t stand the Reading View and the Protected mode in Word 2013.  I don’t like the layout of Reading View, and I feel I’m smart enough to open documents I know are safe :)

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To disable the Reading View. Go to File – Options – General.  Uncheck “Open E-Mail attachments and other uneditable files in reading view”

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To disable Protected Mode. Go to File – Options – Trust Center – Trust Center Settings.  Select Protected View, then clear all the checkboxes.

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There, free and clear to open and edit documents without Word telling me what to do! :)

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  • ITGuy11

    Great tips, those modes annoy the hell out of me!

  • Megan R

    I have unchecked everything above and it still asked me to “enable editing” because it’s in protected view when I open a document. What gives?

  • RickN

    Thank you very much. I was able to change the view when my protected document opens, from web to print (which is what I saved it in originally)

  • Jenn Anderson

    Thanks so much! This annoyed the heck out of me. Your post was accurate & easy to understand. What a great help!

  • DbgTwt

    Thank you SO MUCH. So easy to follow. Those modes are so annoying. I edit documents I receive as attachments all day.

  • Leave Comments

    Thank you so much. That was driving me mad.

  • Francois-Xavier Charpentier

    Thank you! The MS Word 2013 reading mode gets on my nerves beyond words

  • rkadar

    i love you

  • briguy

    Thanks for the info. I knew the option was in there, but I couldn’t find it.