How do I remove security from word document?

Written by aaron wein
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How do I remove security from word document?
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Word 2010 allows users to create written documents on their computer with countless customisation features. There may come a time when you wish to add security to a document to prevent others from reading the personal or sensitive material contained within. This can be accomplished by encrypting the document with a password, meaning that anyone attempting to open the file must enter the correct keychain to access it. Users can also remove security from the Word 2010 document similarly to how they added it.

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  1. 1

    Open the security-encrypted Word 2010 document.

  2. 2

    Type the password into the resulting prompt and press the "Enter" key to access the document.

  3. 3

    Open the "File" tab, then choose "Info" from the resulting left-hand menu.

  4. 4

    Choose the "Protect Document" icon next to "Permission," then select "Encrypt with Password." This will open a new dialogue window where you can modify the password security settings.

  5. 5

    Double-click the "Password" field, then press "Backspace" to delete the keychain.

  6. 6

    Click "OK" to finish removing security from the Word 2010 document.

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