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it doesn't seem to matter what document, where I obtain the document, or what kind of document it is.. and then the document fails to open after I get the two screens... also, I made a realization that it only seems to effect .doc files, I can open up .docx files and other various files.

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Then enter image description here

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There is a similar problem discussed here. – Mehper C. Palavuzlar Feb 25 '11 at 15:26
I tried their suggestions, didn't work, but thanks. – TheXed Feb 25 '11 at 15:31
Have you checked the suggestions offered by Word in the 2nd dialog? – Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Feb 25 '11 at 15:45
Yes I have even uninstalled office and reinstalled it...Also, I can open the documents on my laptop, which has office 2010 so I don't think it is the documents that are the problem... – TheXed Feb 25 '11 at 15:49
That text is so small and blurry it's hard to read what it even says – random Feb 25 '11 at 16:26

The first message is called "protected mode"

One of the newest features in Office 2010 is the new “Protected View” which protects your operating system from those unsafe documents downloaded from the Internet or suspicious Outlook email attachments which fail validation. If any of these documents are detected by Office 2010, the system will open them in a “Read-Only” way, thus diminishing the risk to be infected by malware or viruses.f I, for any reason, you do not like such a feature, here is a simple tutorial to disable it in a couple of steps.

Open Word or Excel in Office 2010.

Click the Office button. Go to File Menu, Office Backstage, and click Options. In the left pane, Click Trust Center.

Now, on the right pane, click the Trust Center Settings button.

At this point you should be in the Trust Center dialog window.

In the left pane, click Protected View.

Untick the following options:

Enable Protected View for files that fail validation

Enable Protected View for files originating from the Internet

Enable Protected View for files located in potentially unsafe locations

Enable Protected View for Outlook attachments

Click OK.


Second error

Right click on the word document and select properties, hit the "unblock" button


You can also try a repair of Office



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Thanks for the suggestions, but neither solution worked... – TheXed Feb 25 '11 at 18:48
Check my edit above. – Moab Feb 25 '11 at 19:59

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