How to unlock a word password

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How to unlock a word password
Unlock your document with a password. (ancient Spanish text image by JCVStock from

A locked MS Word document is password protected and restricts style, structure and editing modifications. Besides locking a document to prevent modifications, MS Word offers the capability to install Windows Rights Management. This tool prevents users from e-mailing or copying a document without permission. After locking a document, the exact password must be employed to unlock it.

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  1. 1

    Click the "Review" tab in the Office ribbon.

  2. 2

    Select "Protect Document" in the "Protect" box.

  3. 3

    Click the "Stop Protection" button in the "Restrict Formatting and Editing" panel.

  4. 4

    Type the password in the "Unprotect Document" box.

  5. 5

    Click "OK." The "Restrict Formatting and Editing" panel has now removed all password restricted permissions.

Tips and warnings

  • If a password is lost or does not work, it has to be "cracked" with a third-party application.
  • Microsoft cannot retrieve your forgotten passwords.

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