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How to Edit a Protected Word Document without Password

author_icon Ronnie Barnes time_icon Last updated: Oct 15, 2019 03:08 pm tips_icon Word

Do you have a protected Word document that is locked for editing? This type of document maybe opened as a read-only file and you may find it difficult to even make the smallest of changes to it. In this article, we are going to share with you the various ways you can edit a protected Word document even if you don't have the password or permission to edit it.

1. Word Is Locked by Mark as Final

You may be unable to edit a document if it has been marked as final. This feature was first introduced in Office 2016 and is a good way to notify other users that the document is complete and no more editing will be necessary. In this case the process to edit a protected word document without password is very simple. Here's how;

Step 1: Open the document and you should see a large "Marked as final" yellow banner at the top.

Step 2: Simply click "Edit Anyway" and you will be able to edit the document.

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2. Word Is Locked by Editing Restrictions

If a password has been set to limit the editing of the Word document and you have forgotten the password, there is a way around this problem; you can edit the protected word document using WordPad. Here's how to do that;

Step 1: Locate the locked Word document, right click on it and then select "Open With… WordPad".

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Step 2: As soon as the document opens in WordPad, it will be unlocked for editing. Make any changes you want to make on the document and then save it.

Saving the document will essentially remove any editing restrictions on it and the original file will become editable.

3. Word Is Locked by Password to Modify

If you are required to enter the password before you can modify the document and you don't have the password. Here's what you can do;

Step 1: Open the document and when requested for the password to modify, leave the password field blank, but click on "Read Only". This will open the document in read only mode.

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Step 2: To edit the document, you need to save an editable copy of it. Therefore, go to "File > Save As" and select a different location to save the file as well as a different file name.

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Step 3: Click "Save" and the read-only restrictions will be removed, allowing you to edit the document any way you want.

4. Remove Edit Restrictions from Word in One Click (All Cases Supported)

What if you could remove all restrictions from Word document in a single click regardless of the type of restriction, even if you don't have the password? Well, there is a password recovery tool that will allow you to do just that and it is known asPassper for Word. Passper for Word is the most effective Word password recovery program in the business with its main advantage being the ability to remove any editing restrictions on the Word document quickly and then allow you to make editions on the document. It can be used to recover the opening password for locked Word file even if you know nothing about the password.

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

Here's how to use Passper for Word to edit a protected word document without password;

Step 1: Download and install the program on to your computer. Open Passper for Word and then click on "Remove Restrictions".

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Step 2: Click on "Add" option to import the restricted Word document into the program.

Step 3: Once the Word file is open in Passper for Word, click on "Remove" to begin the process.

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Step 4: In just a few seconds, any restrictions on the Word document will be removed and you can easily continue to edit the document.

Whenever you have a Word document that is restricted with a password or any other method, we hope you are able to use one of the solutions above to remove the restrictions and edit the word document without password. Select the most suitable method to remove the restrictions and implement.

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By Ronnie Barnes to Word

Posted on Sep 29, 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.