"Permission for this document is currently restricted" error message when you open an Office 2003 document in Office 2004 for Mac

Article translations Article translations
Article ID: 842887 - View products that this article applies to.
This article has been archived. It is offered "as is" and will no longer be updated.
Expand all | Collapse all


When you open a Microsoft Office 2003 document in Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac or in Microsoft Office X for Mac , you may see the following warning message:
Permission for this document is currently restricted. If you are not running Microsoft Office 2003 or an application that supports documents with restricted permission, you can read this document by downloading the Rights Management Add-on for Internet Explorer.

Download the Rights Management Add-On for Internet Explorer
Learn more about documents with restricted permission


This problem occurs because Office 2004 for Mac does not support Information Rights Management (IRM) feature of Microsoft Office 2003.


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.

More information

Currently, there is no Rights Management add-on for Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.2.x for Mac OS X or for the Safari Web browser. For more information about Information Rights Management for Office 2003, visit the following Microsoft Web site:


Article ID: 842887 - Last Review: November 2, 2013 - Revision: 5.0
Applies to
  • Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Office X for Mac Standard Edition
kbnosurvey kbarchive dftsdahomeportal kbnofix kbprb KB842887

Contact us for more help

Contact us for more help
Connect with Answer Desk for expert help.
Get more support from smallbusiness.support.microsoft.com