How to Remove Password from Word Document

Microsoft Word users can easily restrict access to a particular Word document by adding a open password. The password can either keep someone else from opening the document or prevent users from editing the document. This feature can be very helpful in allowing users to maintain the privacy of the documents that they are working on, but it can also be a hindrance sometimes.

If someone sends you a password protected Word document without sharing the password, you will be unable to open or edit the document. Sometimes you might also lock the document using a password and then forget or lose the password. In this case, you need a reliable solution that can help you remove the password from the Word document. In this article, we will take a look at how to remove password from Word document even you forgot it.

Way 1: Remove Password from Word Document with Word Password Recovery

If you have locked a Word document and now have forgotten the password, the most recommended solution for the removal of password is using FoneGeek Word Password Recovery. This is an authentic third-party tool that can help you recover password from DOCX file to open the locked Word file or remove edit restrictions for protected Word document. The most ideal part is it will not affect any of the data on the Word document. Following are some of its most notable features:

  • It can be used to recover a password if you’ve lost the password, don’t know the password or you know only a part of the password.

  • It has 4 password attack modes, allowing you to easily recover any password very quickly regardless of the complexity.

  • You can also use it to unlock a restricted Word document, allowing you to edit, copy or even print the document. 

  • You can recover the password in a simple three-step process and expect highest recovery rate and fast recovery speed.

  • It works well with Word document 97, 2000, 2003, 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019 as well as all Word file types like .doc, .docx, .docm, etc.

Here’s how to remove a password from a Word document if you have forgot the password:

Step 1: Install FoneGeek Word Password Recovery on your computer and the launch the program. In the main window, select Recover Passwords since you want to recover the open password for the document.

select recover passwords

Step 2: Click on Add to browse your computer for the password protected Word file and open it.

Once the document is open, you need to select one of the four attack modes to use when recovering the password. Each of the modes is useful for certain situations. Select the one that corresponds to your needs.

choose attack method

Step 3: Click on Recover after you have selected an attack mode and the program will begin the word password recovery process.

Step 4: The process will take a few minutes, but once it is done, you should see the password on the screen. You can then use it to unlock the Word document.

recover word passwords

Way 2: Remove Password from Word Document Using ZIP Software

You can also remove the password from a Word Document by changing the file extension of the document from .doc or .docx to .zip using the ZIP software installed on your computer. Please make a copy of the Word file and then follow the steps below to do that:
Step 1: Rename the file extension from .doc or .docx to .zip and then confirm the alternation by clicking Yes in the pop-up dialog box.

change the word file type to zip from docx extension

Step 2: Now open the Word file with ZIP software. Just right-click on the file and find the ZIP option, then choose Open archive.

choose the open archive option to unlock word file

Step 3: Now locate the file named settings.xml and delete it from the list. Then change the filename extension back to .doc/.docx and you should be able to edit the Word document again.

navigate to the settings xml file

Way 3: Remove Password from Word Document via Online Tool

There are also a lot of online tools that you can use to remove the password on a Word document. Most of these online tools are free and easy to use. You just need to upload the protected Word document and the website used a brute force method to remove the password.

It is however not a good idea to use some of these tools for password removal, since they don’t offer any guarantees when it comes to the protection of the data in the Word document. You don’t know how long the file will remain on the site after you use it, thereby exposing your document’s content to millions of other users.

If you decide to use an online password removal tool however, LostMyPass is a good choice that you can have a try.


Way 4: Remove Password from Word Document with Original Password

It is quite annoying to enter a password every time when you want to open or edit a Word document. If you still know the correct password, the process of removing password from the Word document is very easy. Just follow these simple steps to remove a password from Word if you know the original password. The steps are a little different for different Word versions.

For MS Word 2010/2013/2016/2019:

  1. Open the password-protected Word document and enter the correct password to unlock it.

  2. Tap on File and in the Info section, tap on Protect Document and then select Encrypt with Password.

  3. The Password box will appear. Simply clear the password in the box to unlock the document and click OK.

remove password from word 2010

For MS Word 2007:

  1. Open the protected document and enter the password to get into it.

  2. Click on the Office icon at the top and then click on Prepare. In the options that appear, select Encrypt Document.

  3. A dialogue box will appear with the password. Clear the password and click OK.

remove password from word 2007

For MS Word 2003:

  1. Open the protected Word document and enter the password to access it

  2. Click on File > Save As and then click on Tools. In the new window that appears, choose Security.

  3. Delete the password that appears in the Password box and click OK to apply the changes. Close the options box and the document will no longer be protected.

remove password from word 2003

Harley Terry
Sunday on Aug 23, 2020, 15:33:00 GMT / Post By Harley Terry to Word Password Recovery

Since 2013, Harley Terry has over 7 year' experience in professional Office technology. He has already added more than 200 articles about password recovery for Excel/Word/PowerPoint.

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