Is it possible to modify the Alternate Data Stream (ADS) to prevent .docx to be opened in Protected View for files downloaded from Internet.

When is Protected View used?

Since Protected View is a read only view, we understand it is not something that should be used for every file you interact with. Our goal when designing this feature was to only use it in high risk scenarios:

  1. Files opened from the Internet. When a file is downloaded from the Internet the Windows Attachment Execution Service places a marker in the file’s alternate data stream to indicate it came from the Internet zone. When a Word, Excel or PowerPoint file is opened and has this marker it will open in Protected View until the user decides to trust and edit it.


Source: https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/office2010/2009/08/13/protected-view-in-office-2010/

I know how to disable Protected View on my laptop. I'm asking how to prevent Protected View to be triggered when sending a .docx to a person.

  • There are a lot of tutorials explaining how to disable Protected View, like this. Moreover, why are you mentioning ADS? – A. Darwin Aug 4 '16 at 6:38
  • Got it. I suggest you to add the quote from Technet related to ADS in your question, so to make it more clear. – A. Darwin Aug 4 '16 at 11:00
  • Now the post is not readable at all. Consider this thread as closed. I'm to old for this correction / formatting bull****. – cyzczy Aug 4 '16 at 13:27

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