Passper for Word allows you to recover any opening password or remove editing and formatting restrictions from Word 2003-2019 documents with just a few clicks so that you can access or edit the locked Word document. Follow the steps below to unlock a Word document.

Before unlocking a password-protected Word file, please install Passper for Word on your computer.

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Part 1: How to Recover Opening Passwords for Word

Please follow the steps below to unlock the Word document.

Step 1Run Passper for Word and upload the file that needs to be unlocked.
select word file
Step 2Choose your familiarity level with the password.

Please choose your level of familiarity with the password for this file; the system will recommend suitable attack methods for you.

select familiarity level with word password
Step 3Select a Method of Attack.

Please choose the appropriate attack method based on your situation.

choose the attack method


Based on the varying levels of your familiarity with the password, we recommend different attack methods for your consideration. The details are as follows:
① I have partial information about the password.
- We recommend using a combination attack or mask attack.
② I know it's a common password, but I don't know the specific details.
- We recommend using a dictionary attack.
③ I have no information about this password.
- We recommend using a brute-force attack.

In addition, here is a detailed description of the 4 modes of attack. If you are still not sure which mode to choose after reading it, you can send us an e-mail to

1. Dictionary Attack

It is a widely used method to unlock passwords for many types of files. It uses a dictionary that contains millions of the most commonly used passwords. Thus the chance of recovery is high. By using this mode you can take advantage of the built-in dictionary or import your own from the settings menu.

2. Combination Attack

Find your password by customizing the character settings and randomly combining the characters you choose.

For example, you usually use your name (Tom) and some numbers to create a password of 6-8 characters. You can customize the settings as follows:

Password Length: 6-8 characters
Uppercase Letters: T
Lowercase Letters: o,m
Numbers: Select All

The program will combine only the characters you choose and try all the combinations of these characters. The fewer characters you choose, the faster it will find your password.

3. Mask Attack

If you have a little clue about the password, you are highly recommended to use this attack. It will consider the characters, prefixes, suffixes, and length of the password and try to recover the password. This method will be better if you know certain character types not included in the password.

For example, you are sure that your password won't have symbols. You think that your password may contain your name (Mary) and you usually set a password of 6-8 characters. You can customize the settings as follows:

Password Length: 6-8 characters
Characters not included: symbols
Characters or combinations of characters may be included: Mary

The program will combine all the other characters (uppercase letters, lowercase letters, numbers except symbols) with "Mary" to find your password. If your name "Mary" doesn't appear in the password in its entirety, write the letters separately.

4. Brute Force Attack

If you have no clue about what the password of your Excel file could be, this is the method you should choose. Bear in mind that this method will take a little longer to find out the password for your file.

Step 4Recover Word Password.

After you've selected the method of attack and finished configuring the settings, click 'Recover'.

Be patient and wait for the recovery process to complete. The time to complete it depends on the complexity of the password and the method of attack you chose. The password will be shown on the screen once completed, and you can copy the password to open the locked Word document.

recovered word successfully

Part 2: How to Remove Restrictions from a Word Document

Passper for Word also helps to remove editing and formatting restrictions from a Word document. Here is how to do it.

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Step 1Run Passper for Word and upload the file that needs to be unrestricted.

select word file

Step 2Remove Restrictions in One Click.

Click 'Remove Restrictions' to initiate the process; all restrictions will be removed within seconds.

remove restrictions

Step 3Retrieve the file after restrictions have been lifted.

Click 'Save' and you will find the unrestricted file in the Passper for Word folder on your desktop.

save word file
 file in the passper for word folder