Password protection is one of the features available in MS Word and perhaps the most useful for those who create, use and share sensitive documents. This ability to protect the full document or restrict certain aspects of the document is highly useful, allowing you to keep sensitive information from prying eyes. But sometimes, the same useful protection can make it difficult for you to access the file or edit it, especially when you don't have the password.
It is possible for someone to send you a password-protected document to edit and neglect to send you the password. It is also quite possible to forget a password that you created yourself, especially if the password is difficult to remember and you've lost any copies of the file you made. Does it mean that you will not be able to access the Word document? Does it mean that you should consider creating a new document since you'll never access this one?
Well, before you go pulling an all-nighter trying to create a whole new Word document, you'll be glad to know that there are several ways to resolve this problem. Some of them are easy and may even give you access to the document in the shortest time. This article highlights some of the best ways to remove protection from word document without a password.
Part 1. Types of Word Protection
Before we begin discussing how to unlock word document without a password, we feel it is necessary to discuss the types of Word protection that MS offers. This way, you can identify the restriction keeping you from accessing the document and therefore choose the ideal solution. There are actually two types of protection for your Word document. They include;
Full Document Protection
When you save a Word document and add a password to it using the "File > Protect Document" option, you have applied full protection to the document. Once the password has been set, all the content on the document will be completely locked. It means that you can't access the document to read it and you can't make any changes to the document.
Segment Document Protection
Segment protection is useful when you want to make a document "Read-Only". In Read-Only mode, a Word document can't be edited in any way. This is the right kind of protection to choose when you want someone to read the document, but you don't want them to make any changes to it. If you have a document that is Read-Only, you will only be able to see the text but unable to edit any aspect of the document in any way.
Part 2. How to Unprotect Word Document without Password
If on one hand the document you have is password-protected and you don't have the password to open it, you need a far more advanced way to recover the password and unlock the document. In this case, the best tool to use to recover the password and remove protections is Passper for Word. This tool uses advanced technology to find the password and unlock the document no matter how complex the original password may have been.
4 Customized Password Recovery Types: Find your word document password with 4 flexible recovery types even if you have no clues about your password information.
Decrypt Password to Open & Modify: Simply recover the opening password and remove restrictions on read-only Word document.
Ultrafast Recovery Speed: The recovery speed is 10 X faster than other similar tools due to the adoption of Multiple-core processing and GPU.
To use Passper for Word to remove protections from a Word document, download and install the program on to your computer and then follow these simple steps.
Step 1: Open Passper for Word on your computer and then select "Recover Passwords" to recover the opening password for Word documents.
Step 2: Click on "+" and then browse for the password-protected file and add it to Passper for Word.
Once the document is open, you will see 4 attack modes, each one is designed to help you recover the password in different situations. Here's a breakdown of each attack mode;
Dictionary Attack- This mode makes use of the provided dictionary library to locate as many possible password combinations to recover the password.
Combination Attack - You can customize the character settings and combine randomly chosen characters to find your password.
Mask Attack - The mode is perfect if you have a clue of the forgotten or lost password. It may be something like the length of the password, any special characters or even suffixes and prefixes. The program will then use these clues to come up with possible passwords for the document.
Brute Force Attack - This is the mode to choose if you have no idea what the password could be. In this case, the program will analyze all password combinations to determine the password. As a result, this mode will take relatively longer than other modes to locate the correct password.
Step 3: Select an attack mode depending on your specific circumstances and then click "Recover". The recovery process will take a while and the total time will depend on the attack mode you chose. When it is done, you will see a password appear on the screen.
You can then use the password to access the document and edit it.
Part 3. Edit a Protected Word Document without a Password
One of the most common forms of protection is the segment document protection, also known as Read-Only mode. But as useful as it can be in helping to restrict unnecessary edits to the document, Read-only can be problematic when you need to edit the document. It is also quite possible to put a document in Read-Only mode by accident and if this has happened to you, you may be wondering how you can remove this restriction easily. The following 2 methods should help you.
1. Edit a Protected Word Document via Renaming the File Name
Step 1: Open the Read-Only document on your computer and then click on "File > Save As" to save the document on another location on your computer and with a different filename.
Step 2: This should eliminate the Read-Only file restriction and render the file editable. If the document is still in Read-Only Mode, try the following steps.
Step 3: Navigate to where you have saved the file and rename the file's extension from .doc or.docx to .zip. Click "Yes" when you are prompted to confirm this change.
Step 4: Using Windows Explorer on your computer, and then open the Zip file.
Step 5: Click on the Word folder and find "settings.xml". Delete the file from the list and then change the file extension back to .doc or .docx.
This should remove the Read-Only restrictions, allowing you to edit the Word file any way you want.
2. Edit a Protected Word Document via Passper for Word
In addition to recovering opening password for Word document, Passper for Word can also be useful when a document is merely restricted. Here's how you can use the program to remove restrictions on Word Document;
Step 1: Run Passper for Word and then choose "Remove Restrictions". Use the "Import File" option to add the restricted Word document to the program.
Step 2: Once the document is added, click on "Remove" and all restrictions from the file will be removed in a few seconds.
Remove protection from Word document can be a lengthy process unless you have the right tool. With Passper for Word, you now have the best tool for the job. You can easily remove restrictions on the Read-Only Word document in as one click. The program is also highly useful in helping you recover passwords from a password-protected document to open the decrypted Word file.