Every time I open a document downloaded from the Internet in Word 2013, the document is displayed in protected view and in the Read mode.
I want the Print layout to be the default instead. Is there a way to do this?
You can turn off Protected View for downloaded files by going to
File > Options > Trust Center > Trust Center Settings... > Protected View > Uncheck Enable Protected View for files originating from the Internet. You may want to uncheck the other two boxes while you're there.
(This applies in Word 2010 as well.)
After that, editable files will open normally and in Print Layout. No need to turn off Reading View specifically as techie007 suggests in the comments, at least in Word 2013 Preview.
As others have stated, if you want to keep Protected View enabled but still disable Reading View as default, go to File > Options > General > Uncheck Open e-mail attachments and other uneditable files in reading view.
Something to try:
Check out File -> Options -> General tab- > Un-check "Open e-mail attachments and other uneditable files in reading view".