3 Methods to Unlock Read-Only PowerPoint

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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.

The PowerPoint Presentation can be read-only in the following cases:

  • It was set a password to modify.

  • It was saved in PPSX format.

  • It was marked as final version.

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 of read-only in PowerPoint Presentations and specifically how to unlock read-only PowerPoint, making it editable again.

Case 1: Unlock Read-Only PowerPoint with Password to Modify

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.

read only with password

The good news is that there is a tool that can unlock 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 unlocking your password and removing all restrictions. The following are just some of the features that make Passper for PowerPoint highly effective:

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

Easy to Use: It is simple to use and doesn't require any professional skill. The read-only restrictions can be unlocked in 3 steps.

100% Success Rate: All restrictions on your PowerPoint Presentation can be successfully unlocked.

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

Compatibility: It supports the latest versions like PowerPoint 2016/2019, it also supports the old version like 97/2000/2003/2007/2010/2013. It supports the file in .ppt, .pptx and .ppsx format.

Free Download For win 10/8.1/8/7/XP

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, choose "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


If you are completely locked out of the PowerPoint Presentation and forgot or lost the password to open the file, Passper for PowerPoint can also help you to Recover Passwords.

Case 2: Unlock Read-Only PowerPoint in PPSX Format

PPSX file is one type of PowerPoint Presentation. Many people save their presentation in PPSX format to protect the file. In this case, you can lift the restriction 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

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 method of renaming the file extension to unlock read-only PowerPoint is complicated, so it's not an ideal method for novice computer users. Besides, it is not 100% workable since some PowerPoint versions are not available now. However, Passper for PowerPoint can solve this problem for you. For more detailed information, you can check "Case 1".

Case 3: Unlock "Mark as Final" PowerPoint

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 unlock read-only PowerPoint on Windows and Mac:

Make PowerPoint Editable on Windows

Any receiver of the "Mark as Final" presentation can edit the file by simply removing the read-only status. You can unlock a read-only PowerPoint presentation by removing the "Mark as Final" from the file.

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:Now, the presentation is editable. Save the change before closing the presentation.

Alternatively, you can simply click the "Edit Anyway"button on the yellow banner tounlock the read-only PowerPoint Presentation.

click edit anyway

Make PowerPoint Editable on Mac

Unlocking read-only PowerPoint presentation on Mac, Finder will be a good choice.

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.


To use this method, you must be the owner of the PowerPoint Presentation or you must have write privileges to the file.

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: Oct 15, 2019 )

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