[Solved] 5 Methods to Remove Read Only from Word

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

Read-Only is a valuable security feature in Word that allows you to restrict editing. It prevents someone else from being able to edit the content and structure of the document. In this way, anyone with the document can only read it, but will not be able to make changes to it.

Yet, sometimes, you can place a Read only restriction on a document, only to forget the password. And sometimes you just don't know how to remove the restriction. Whatever the case, this article will share with you various ways to remove read only from word.

Best Solution: Remove Read Only from Word without Password

I guess that most users who are reading this article may not remember what the password is. Thus how to remove read only from word document without password is introduced in the 1st part.

The best solution is Passper Word Password Unlocker (Passper for Word). This tool is designed to make it easy to recover the password on any locked Word document without affecting the data on the document. It is also very useful in lifting any editing restrictions on a Word document. The following features make Passper for Word the ideal solution:

  • It recovers the password allowing you to access locked Word documents.

  • It can also be used to lift editing restrictions from any document allowing you to copy content, edit content and even print a document.

  • It has a very high password recovery rate because it uses 4 different attack modes to recover the password.

  • It is also very easy to use. In 3 steps you can recover a password to unlock a document and in a single-click you can remove all restrictions.

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

Here's how to use Passper for Word to remove read-only without a password:

Step 1: Install Passper for Word on your computer and then launch the program. On the main window, click on "Remove Restrictions".


Step 2: Use the "+" option to add the restricted file into the program. When the file is added successfully, click on "Remove".

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Step 3: The program will immediately begin removing restrictions on the file and after a few seconds the process will be complete and the file will be free of restrictions.

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Part 2. Other Common Methods to Remove Read Only from Word

2.1 Via Inbuilt Feature

Follow these simple steps to remove read only from password protected files via Word's inbuilt decryption feature:

Step 1: Open the Word document you want to remove restrictions from.

Step 2: Click on the "Review" tab and click on "Restrict Editing".

Step 3: At the bottom of the popup window that appears, click on "Stop Protection". If the document doesn't have a password, the read-only protection will be removed immediately.

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Step 4: If the document was password protected, enter the password and click "OK" to remove the read-only restriction.

Remember to save the document to preserve the changes you just met.

2.2 Disable Read Only from Online Word Files

Follow these steps to remove read-only from the Word document you downloaded online:

Step 1: Double-click on the downloaded file to open it.

Step 2: At the top of the document, you should see a pale yellow banner indicating that the file could "contain viruses". Click on the "Enable Editing" button at the end of the banner and the Word document will refresh without the read-only restriction. You should now be able to edit the document.

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2.3 Via Copying and Pasting

If you just need to edit the text on the document, you can simply copy the text on the Word document and paste in into a new document and save it. This method may not remove the restriction on the original document, but it will create an editable copy. Here's how to do it:

Step 1: Open the protected Word document.

Step 2: Click anywhere on the document to place the cursor in the document and select the entire document. You can hit Ctrl + A to do that.

Step 3: Use Ctrl + C to copy all the text.

Step 4: Open a new Word document and then use Ctrl + P to paste the text. Ctrl + S will allow you to save the new document that is now editable.

2.4 Change Word File Properties

Changing the Word file's extension can also remove the read-only restriction. Here's how to do it:

Step 1: Go to the location on your computer where the Word document is stored.

Step 2: Right click on the file and select "Properties" and then find the "Attributes" (Windows) or "Sharing and Permissions" (Mac).

Step 3: Uncheck the "Read Only" box and then click "OK" and the read only restriction will be removed instantly.


Read-only can keep you from making any changes on the document. The problem is further escalated when the document is password-protected and you don't know the password. But now, you have varied solutions that can help you remove read only from word under any circumstance. Let us know if you are able to remove the restriction. Just leave your question or comment in the comments section below.


By Ronnie Barnes to Word

Posted on Jul 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.