How to Remove Encryption From Word Documents

Written by aaron wein
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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.

Skill level:
Easy

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Instructions

    Word 2010

  1. 1

    Open the document and enter its encryption password.

  2. 2

    Click "File" to view a menu.

  3. 3

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

  4. 4

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

  5. 5

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

  6. 6

    Select "OK" to finish removing the encryption.

    Word 2007

  1. 1

    Open the document and enter its encryption password.

  2. 2

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

  3. 3

    Select "Prepare."

  4. 4

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

  5. 5

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

  6. 6

    Select "OK" to finish removing the encryption.

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