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How to Remove Encryption From Word Documents

Updated July 20, 2017

Microsoft Word gives its owners the tools to process and format documents. Sometimes, a document may contain sensitive material, such as important business information. In those instances, you can encrypt the file with a password, which requires others to enter the secret keychain every time they open it. Over time, entering and re-entering this password can become monotonous, especially if encryption no longer remains necessary. In those instances, you can remove the encryption using the program's built-in protection functions.

Open the document and enter its encryption password.

Click "File" to view a menu.

Click "Info" from the "File" menu list.

Choose "Encrypt with password" from the "Permissions" section of the resulting "Info" menu. A dialogue box appears.

Highlight the placeholder text in the "Password" field and delete it. Leave the field blank.

Select "OK" to finish removing the encryption.

Open the document and enter its encryption password.

Click the "Office" button. A menu will appear beneath the button.

Select "Prepare."

Choose "Encrypt Document." A new dialogue box will appear.

Highlight the placeholder text in the "Password" field and delete it. Leave the field blank.

Select "OK" to finish removing the encryption.

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About the Author

Aaron Wein is a copy editor for Skagit Valley Publishing. He has been a writer and editor since 2004, contributing to Washington-based publications and clients such as the "Bellingham Herald," "Western Athletics," "GNAC Sports" and Microsoft. Wein obtained a bachelor's degree in journalism from Western Washington University.