It can be annoying when email attachments or SharePoint documents open in read-only view every time. You may be noticing this if you have just been upgraded to Windows 10 and Office 2016, as the default is to open attachments in “Read Mode”. This is a protective feature to help users avoid getting viruses from email attachments. A document that is open in Read Mode shows this button active in the lower right corner of the Word window:
However, if you are sure the attachment is from a trusted source, for example from UC colleagues or UC SharePoint sites, then you can stop Word opening documents in Read Mode, and instead have it open them in the standard Print Layout view we are used to working in.
- Open Microsoft Word
- Click the File menu (at the far left end of the Ribbon)
- Click Options (at the bottom of the File menu)
The Word Options dialogue box displays.
- Click the General tab (in the upper left corner of the dialogue box)
- Scroll down – almost to the bottom – to the check box / tick box: “Open e-mail attachments and other uneditable files in reading view”
- Un-check/un-tick the check box
- Click the OK button to save the change.
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