When you use one of the Microsoft Office programs that are listed in the "Applies to" section, you may experience one of the following symptoms:
- When you try to open a file, the file does not open, and you receive one of the following error messages:
Error message 1
You are attempting to open a file that is blocked by your registry policy setting.
Error message 2
You are attempting to open a file type <<File Type>> that has been blocked by your File Block settings in the Trust Center.
Note In this message, the <<File Type>> placeholder provides a short description of the file type that is blocked. This error message is displayed in Office 2013 and Office 2010 programs.
Error message 3
You are attempting to open a file that was created in an earlier version of Microsoft Office. This file type is blocked from opening in this version by your registry policy setting.
Additionally, you may receive the following error message:
This error occurs if you try to open a Microsoft Office document and the file type for that document is blocked by a registry policy setting. To help secure your computer, Microsoft or the administrator of this computer implemented a registry policy setting that prevents opening this kind of file.
To open documents that use this file type, disable the registry policy setting. For more information, see Microsoft Knowledge Base article 922850.
Note In Office 2013 and Office 2010 programs, the blocked file may be opened in Protected View. At the top of the window, a bar is displayed that contains the following message:
- When you try to save a file, the file is not saved, and you receive the following error message:
You are attempting to save a file that is blocked by your registry policy setting.
Or, in Office 2013 and Office 2010 programs, you receive the following error message:
You are attempting to save a file type <<File Type>> that has been blocked by your File Block settings in the Trust Center.
To resolve this issue, click the link under the name of the Office program that you are using to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base: Word Excel PowerPoint Visio
The issue can also occur when you open an embedded or linked Office file in an Office application. For example, you have a Visio object embedded in a Word document. When you try to open the Visio object, you receive the following error message in Word:
You are attempting to open a file type (Visio 2003-2010 Binary Drawings, Templates and Stencils) that has been blocked by your File Block settings in the Trust Center.
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To resolve this issue, you must change the File Block settings in the application that owns the blocked file type. In this example, you must change the File Block settings in Visio instead of in Word. If the error message mentions Excel file type, go to Excel to change the File Block settings. Note
To enable the embedded Visio 2003-2010 file types, you must clear both the Save
check boxes for the "Visio 2003-2010 Binary Drawings, Templates and Stencils" file type in Visio.
Article ID: 922850 - Last Review: April 22, 2013 - Revision: 20.0
- Microsoft Visio Professional 2013
- Microsoft PowerPoint 2013
- Microsoft Word 2013
- Microsoft Excel 2013
- Microsoft Word 2010
- Microsoft Excel 2010
- Microsoft PowerPoint 2010
- Microsoft Office Word 2007
- Microsoft Visio Standard 2013
- Microsoft Office Excel 2007
- Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007
- Microsoft Office Word 2003
- Microsoft Office Excel 2003
- Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2003
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