How to Unlock Read Only PowerPoint Document on Windows/Mac without Password

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When a PowerPoint Presentation is marked Read-only, it means that you will be unable to edit the document until the read-only restriction is lifted. There are several reasons why someone may want to restrict editing on a PowerPoint Presentation. Perhaps they have finished editing the document and marked it as complete or maybe they just need the reader's comments on the document and don't want them to make any changes to it.

Read-only can therefore be a great way to protect a document, but it can be a hindrance when you don't know how to unlock the PowerPoint presentation to continue editing it. In this article, we address the issue is read-only in PowerPoint presentations and specifically how to unlock read only PowerPoint, making it editable again.

1. Unlock Read-Only PowerPoint on Windows/Mac

Read-only indicates that the PowerPoint presentation is final and can't be altered. This may be useful to prevent accidental changes during the presentation, but when you need to make changes to the document, you may have to unlock the document. Here's how to do it on Windows and Mac:

Make PowerPoint Editable on Windows

Step 1: Open the restricted PowerPoint presentation and then click "File".

Step 2: Click on "Info" on the left and then select "Mark as final" on the drop-down menu under "Protect Presentation".

mark as final powerpoint

Step 3: If the presentation was read-only, it will now be editable. Save the change before closing the presentation.

Make PowerPoint Editable on Mac

Step 1: Open the Finder and then select the protected PowerPoint Presentation you want to unlock.

Step 2: Click on "Get Info" in the action popup that appears.

mac get info

Step 3: Uncheck the box marked "Locked" on the general panel and the presentation will be unlocked.


You must be the owner of the PowerPoint files or have write privileges to use this method.

2. Unlock Read Only PowerPoint if You Forgot the Password

The above solutions will only work if the restricted presentation is not password protected. If you have a document that has editing restrictions on it and is also password-protected and you don't remember the password, you may need to use a third-party tool to unlock it. Since PowerPoint doesn't give you any options to recover the password.

The good news is that there is a tool that can recover the password or lift editing restrictions on the PowerPoint presentation effectively and efficiently. This tool is Passper for PowerPoint and it is designed to offer you the best chance at recovering your password and removing all restrictions on the recovery. The following are just some of the features that make Passper for PowerPoint highly effective;

No Data Will Be Affected: Recover opening password on a PowerPoint file and remove all restrictions from it without affecting the data.

Remove Read-Only Protection in 3s: Specifically unlock a read-only presentation in 3 seconds.

Unlock PowerPoint with Opening Password: Unlock the PowerPoint document if you can't open it for losing the opening password.

Shortest Recovery Time is Guaranteed: It utilizes 4 different attack modes allowing you to recover the password in the shortest time.

It supports PowerPoint versions up to PowerPoint 2019 for password recovery.

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Here's how you can remove the read-only restriction on your presentation using Passper for PowerPoint:

Step 1: Download and install Passper for PowerPoint on your computer and then launch the program. In the main window, chose "Remove Restrictions".

remove restrictions step1

Step 2: Import the read-only presentation into the program and the click on "Remove". The program will immediately lift all restrictions on the presentation, allowing you to edit it.

remove restrictions step3

3. What if You are Locked out of the PowerPoint Document

Read-only is just one of the many ways you can protect a presentation but it is not the only one. In fact, one of the best ways to protect the presentation is to use an opening password that would prevent someone from accessing the document without the password. This type of password is often unrecoverable, so it can be very problematic when you don't have the password.

Recover Opening Password with Recoverable Password

Fortunately, Passper for PowerPoint can help you recover this password when you forget or lose it. The following is how to do it:

Step 1: Open Passper for PowerPoint on your computer and in the main window, select "Recover Passwords".

recover passwords step1

Step 2: Add the encrypted file into the program and then select the attack mode you would like to use to recover the password. The attack mode you choose depends on the level of complexity of the password and whether or not you have any information about the password.

choose recovery method powerpoint

Step 3: Once you've selected the attack mode to use, click on "Recover" and the program will begin the process of recovery immediately.

recover passwords

The password will be displayed on the window as soon as the process is complete and you can then use it to open the presentation.

By Renaming the PPT Document

You might also be able to remove the password on the document by renaming the presentation. Here's a step by step guide to help you do that;

Step 1: Rename the protected presentation and then change the file extension from PPSX to ZIP.

change ppt to zip

Step 2: Open the newly created ZIP file and then locate the .xml file in that folder.

select xml file

Step 3: Extract this.xml file from the ZIP folder and then open it in a text editor like Notepad. Find and delete the parts that start with <p:modifyVerifier cryptProviderType="rsaAES" ……>

Step 4: Save the file and put it in the ZIP folder, making sure that it replaces the old one.

Step 5: Now change the ZIP file back to PPSX file extension and then open the PowerPoint file. It should be able to open without asking you to enter a password.

rename zip to ppsx

The next time you have a read-only presentation and you want to make changes to it, the options we've offered you above should be very helpful.


By Ronnie Barnes to PowerPoint

Posted on Jun 12, 2019 ( Updated: Jun 12, 2019 )

Ronnie Barnes, a blogger with more than 5-year experience in writing tips about password recovery for Windows and office files.