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I'd like to disable the Protected View MS Office files open in when opening files from email and other non-local places.

We have a mixture of Office 20007, 2010, and 2013 in place so if these are controlled via different GPOs, I would need each of them.

Thanks in advance.

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If memory serves me right, if a setting exists in all three versions of Office then you can control it with the GPO templates for the latest version of Office that you have deployed. I know that Protected View exists in Office 2010 and I'm assuming it exists in Office 2013, but I don't know if it exists in Office 2007. – joeqwerty Mar 6 '13 at 19:09
@joeqwerty Some settings are for all versions of Office, most are not. Some settings also apply to all applications within a year, most are not. Office 2007 didn't have Protected view, only 2010 and 2013; also only Word, Excel, and Powerpoint. – Chris S Mar 6 '13 at 22:15
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The Protected View settings are specific to each application in Office (Word, Excel and Powerpoint only), and to each year (2010 and 2013 only).

Grab the ADMX templates, install them to the PolicyDefinitions folder for the domain, or add them individually to a GPO in Group Policy Management.

The settings are in: User Configuration, Policies, Administrative templates, Microsoft $PRODUCT $YEAR, $PRODUCT Options, Security, Trust Center, Protected View, "Do not open files in unsafe locations in Protected View", Enable.

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thanks for the great response. As soon as I get a chance to verify this as the solution I will award the bounty. – Windows Ninja Mar 7 '13 at 0:06
Can you point me to a reference explaining how to import the ADMX template? I cannot figure this out. – pgunston Jun 17 '15 at 1:42

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