Did you apply a password to your PowerPoint presentation and you now want to remove it? Or did you receive a presentation that is password protected or restricted and you want to edit it? Whatever the situation is, trying to open or edit any document that is password protected can be quite frustrating if you forgot the password? You may need to remove password protection from PowerPoint and this article will share with you various effective ways to do that.
Part 1. Encryption Options for PowerPoint
There are 2 file encryption options for PowerPoint: password to open and password to modify.
Password to Open: Any person who opens the PowerPoint presentation will be required to input the password to unlock the file first.
Password to Modify: Any person who receives a PowerPoint file with modifying restrictions can only read the file. They are not permitted to edit any content saved in the file.
If you need to remove password from PowerPoint and open the locked file, then the 3 solutions introduced in 'Part 2' will be workable for you. If on the other hand, you need to remove the password to edit the file, then you can skip the 'Part 2' and directly jump to 'Part 3'.
Part 2. Remove 'Password to Open' from PowerPoint
Here is the summary of the 3 solutions you need to know before you read on to get more details of each solution.
With Passper for PowerPoint, both of the opening passwords and modifying passwords can be removed without password.
Using General Option will allow to remove the opening password for your encrypted PowerPoint. However, you need to know in advance what the password is.
By using the Inbuilt Decryption to remove the opening password, the original password will also be required. And this method only works with PowerPoint from 2010 to 2016.
You can also check the comparison table to make the judgment:
|Passper for PowerPoint||General Option||Inbuilt Encryption|
|Remove Opening Password|
|Remove Modifying Password|
|With/Without Knowing Password||without password||with password||with password|
|Compatibility||PowerPoint 97-2019||PowerPoint 2002-2019||PowerPoint 2010-2016|
2.1 Passper for PowerPoint
The process is workable if you don't know or you have forgotten the password. The following are some details of this solution.
One of the best tools to remove forgotten password from PowerPoint is Passper PowerPoint Password Remover. This special tool has the necessary technology to decrypt any PowerPoint files regardless of how complex the password may be. It can help you remove the password much faster if you have a clue about the password, but it may also be very helpful even if don't know what the password could be. The process is simple and effective and as the following guide shows, may save you a lot of time.
Remove Opening and Modifying Password: Break the password to open and password to modify in Microsoft PowerPoint documents.
Remove in 3 Seconds: Remove password to modify in 3 seconds with 100% success rate for the usage of advanced password server.
Simple to Use: No special skills are required to use the tool. It has pretty intuitive interface and the password will be removed in 3 steps.
Recovery Status Saved: Save the recovery statues at any time you want to save your time.
Step 1: Download Passper for PowerPoint and install it on your computer. Open the program and then click on "Recover Passwords" to begin the process.
Step 2: Then click on "Add" to browse for the PowerPoint file you want to unlock. The next step is choosing the right attack mode to decrypt the files. Passper for PowerPoint has 4 different attack modes depending on how much you know about the password.
Step 3: Once you select your preferred attack mode, click on "Recover" and the program will get to work immediately to try and find the password.
Once the password is found, it will be displayed on the program's window.
2.2 General Option (Password Required)
Step 1: Begin by opening the PowerPoint presentation you want to unlock.
Step 2: For PowerPoint 2002/XP: Click on Tools > Options > Edit and then uncheck the checkmark next to "Password Protection" in the "Disable New Features" section.
For PowerPoint 2003: Click on File > Save As and then click on "Tools" in the dialog box. In the popup menu that appears, click on "Security Options" and then select and delete the password or passwords in the dialog box that appears.
For PowerPoint 2007 or Newer: Click on the Office button and then choose "Save As", click "Tools" in the lower left of the "Save As" dialog box and then click "General Options". Select and delete the password or passwords before clicking "OK" to save the document.
2.3. Inbuilt Decryption (Password Required)
If you know all the password information, you can also remove it via PowerPoint's inbuilt Encryption feature.
Step 1: Click on File option in the upper left corner and click 'Info' > Protect Presentation -> Encrypt with Password.
Step 2: Remove the password in the password column and then click on OK to save the change.
Part 3. Remove 'Password to Modify' from PowerPoint
Aside from having a opening password on your PowerPoint presentation that you may not remember, it is also quite possible to find a PowerPoint presentation that is restricted in some way. These restrictions can limit the number of ways you can edit the document as well the options you have when creating and saving new content.
Luckily, there are also 2 options for you to remove 'password to modify' from PowerPoint without password.
3.1 Passper for PowerPoint
Passper for PowerPoint can also help you remove all restrictions including passwords from a PowerPoint presentation in less than 3 seconds and therefore edit any PowerPoint file. Here's a simple step by step guide to show you how to do it:
Step 1: launch Passper for PowerPoint o your computer. On the program's main window, select "Remove Restrictions" and then use the "+" option to open the restricted PowerPoint file in the program.
Step 2: Now simply click on the "Remove" button and the program will remove the restriction from PowerPoint document in 2 seconds.
3.2 File Extension
You might also be able to unprotect PowerPoint presentation even without a program like Passper for PowerPoint. You can do this by renaming the file extension of the PowerPoint file and then deleting some of the protected section. Here's a much simple step-by-step guide:
This method is very complicated for users who don't possess certain relevant professional knowledge. And it is time consuming.
Step 1: Begin by making a copy of the file. Leave the original file as it since it will act as sort of a backup in case something goes wrong. Then rename the copied file, changing the file's extension from PPSX to ZIP.
Step 2: Now open the newly created ZIP file and find the .xml file in the folder.
Step 3: Here, you should find a file named "presentation.xml". Extract this file from the ZIP file and then open it in a text editor like Notepad.
Step 4: Find the tag that begins with:
Step 5: Now save the file, making sure you put in the ZIP file so that it replaces the old file.
Step 6: Rename the ZIP file to PPSX and then open the Presentation.
You should now be able to edit the presentation without any restrictions. If not, something may have gone wrong with the process and you may need to start all over again. Just remember to create a backup of the original.
Whether you have forgotten the password you assigned to your PowerPoint document or you don't have a password for the protected document, the above solutions are designed to help you gain access to the document and be able to edit it. But Passper for PowerPoint is by far the best solution for this problem since it is specifically designed to remove password protection from powerpoint wiuthout password. It is easy to use, very effective and can remove a problematic password in just a single click, a factor that saves a lot of time.