If you have Microsoft Office 2010 or newer and you try to open a document that was downloaded from the internet (via email, website, or other means), the document will open in what is called “Protected View”. Word does this in order to protect you from potential risks (such as unsafe macros) that might be embedded in the document.

If you trust the source of the document, you can leave the “Protected View” and “Enable Editing” (i.e. regular file view) very easily. There will be a yellow bar near the top with a button that says “Enabled Editing”. If you click this, your document will go back to a regular view which will allow editing, saving, and printing.

Watch the video below for a demonstration.

Protected View — Enable Editing in Microsoft Word