How to Remove Word Document Passwords – With or Without Knowing the Password

remove password from word document

The features of Word let us create high-quality documents and protect our files with passwords. Although passwords are helpful and provide an extra security layer, entering a password every time you open a file could be annoying, especially when your Word documents are no longer classified as confidential. Besides, you could still lose or forget the password. Keep reading as we teach you how to remove password from a Word document.

Part 1. Two Primary Ways of Word Password Protection

Before removing the password from a word document, you should know how it is locked. Microsoft provides two ways of Word password protection: Full document lock and Restrict Editing.

Full Document Lock

Microsoft Word lets you encrypt documents with a password to prevent unauthorized people from opening them. You can go through File > Info > Protect document > Encrypt with Password to enable Word full document password protection. Afterwards, Word will prompt you and other people to enter the password to open the document. Make sure to write an elaborate but unforgettable password, as Word doesn't let you recover or remove the password if you forget it.

Restrict Editing

You can make sure no one will be able to edit your document without entering the password by activating the Restrict Editing feature.

Step 1: Go through File > Info > Protect document > Restrict Editing, and you will see the Restrict Editing panel on the right.

Step 2: Check the Allow only this type of Editing in the document and choose No change (Read only) in the drop-down list. Click the Yes, Start Enforcing Protection button.

Step 3: The Start Enforcing Protection window will pop up. Choose Password under the Protection method and enter your password. Click OK.

Step 4: Finally, save your change and re-open the Word document. MS Word will prompt you to enter the password when you try to edit the document.

Part 2. How to Remove Password Protection of a Word Document When You Know the Password

It's simple to remove the password protection of your word document if you already know the password.

Removing the Password of a Full Locked Word Document

Step 1: Open your Word document and enter its password.

Step 2: Click on File > Info > Protect Document > Encrypt with Password.

Step 3: Delete the password in the Password box, and then click OK.

delete the password

Removing the Word Password of Editing Restriction

Step 1: Open the password-protected Word file.

Step 2: Go to Review > Protect > Restrict Editing.

go to restrict editing

Step 3: By turning off Restrict Editing, Word will ask for your password from you, and after you enter it, it will unprotect your file.

file will be unprotected

Part 3. Remove Password Protection for Editing from Word Documents without Knowing the Password

Sometimes, people have sensitive information in a file but forget the password. If you're struggling with the same situation, here are some practical methods.

Method 1: Saving the Word File as RTF

Step 1: First, you need to convert your Word file with an app that supports .rtf format files, such as Notepad or TextEdit.

convert word to rft

Step 2: Open the .rtf file and use the 'find-and-replace' tool to find 'passwordhash' and replace it with 'nopassword.'

replace passwordhash with nopassword

Step 3: Open the file with Microsoft Word, then click on the Review > Stop Protection.

Step 4: In the pop-up window, uncheck all the boxes, change the format back to .docx, and your Word document is unprotected.

Method 2: Using WordPad to Save the Word Document

Although the WordPad app isn't as glamorous as Microsoft Word, it can still help solve your problem.

Step 1: Right-click on the document and select 'open with.' Click on 'choose another app' and select WordPad.

Step 2: A window will appear identical to the image below; click 'save a copy' and enjoy editing your word file without limitations.

remove word editing password using wordpad

Method 3: Using Google Docs to Unprotect the Word Document

Step 1: When using google docs to remove Word documents' passwords to edit, you must first log into your google account in your browser and then log into google docs at

log into google account

Step 2: Click on 'open file picker' and upload your word file in the next window.

click on open file picker
upload word file

Step 3: After successfully uploading the file, you can download it without any password requirements.

Method 4: Save the Word Document as a New File

This method is also useful when you forget your password, and the file is only accessible in read-only mode. Word documents protected by a password for modifying the file will show you a pop-up identical to the below image.

enter password to modify word document

Step 1: Click on the 'Read-only' button.

Step 2: Afterward, save the file as another document with a new name, and from then on, the Word document will be unprotected and can be modified.

Part 4. Remove Password from Full-Locked Word Documents without Knowing the Password

The documents you use are, more often than not, full-locked rather than read-only. You can use any of the four methods to deal with these files.

Method 1: Use Word Document Password Removers

There are many Word file password removers that you can use. The applications listed below are among the most popular password removers and operate similarly.

Passfab for Word

This software is user-friendly and highly effective at removing all types of passwords from your Word document. It uses three different password recovery modes that target different passwords if you remember what type of characters you used in the password and a brute force attack that removes all kinds of passwords but takes longer.

Passper Word Password Recovery

This software is identical to Passfab, except it is also available for macOS users.

This article will use the Passper software and show you how to recover your password with this app.

Step 1: Select the Word document you want to remove the password.

select wanted word document to remove password

Step 2: After selecting the file, the app will give you three options, as shown below.

show three options

Step 3: Here are the settings for brute-force with mask attack and dictionary attack.

settings for brute force
brute force mask setting

We recommend you go with a Brute-force attack since it does the job and doesn't require you to select various options in the setting.

Step 4: In a matter of minutes, the software will remove your Word document's password, and you can edit the file to your liking.

Method 2: Renaming the Password Protected Word Document

This method is somewhat lengthy, but it works just fine if you can't or don't have the time to do the other techniques.

Step 1: Select your Word document and rename the extension from .docx to .zip.

select word document to rename extension

Step 2: Open the new zip file with your zip tool.

Step 3: Select the 'settings.xml' file and delete it.

select settings xml to delete

Step 4: Rename the extension to .docx; your file is no longer password protected. You can open and edit it to your liking.

Method 3: Using VBA Code to Unprotect Your Word Document

This method only works on .doc files and not .docx files. To change the file format, you can easily follow the process we explained in the last method for changing the file format. Now, Let's see how this method works.

Step 1: Open the Word document you need to unprotect.

Step 2: Press ALT + F11 to open Visual Basic Editor.

Step 3: In the new window, right-click on the file and select insert > module.

select insert and module

Step 4: Copy the following VBA code into your module.

Sub PasswordBreaker()
    Dim i As Integer, j As Integer, k As Integer
    Dim l As Integer, m As Integer, n As Integer
    Dim i1 As Integer, i2 As Integer, i3 As Integer
Dim i4 As Integer, i5 As Integer, i6 As Integer

    On Error Resume Next
    For i = 65 To 66: For j = 65 To 66: For k = 65 To 66
    For l = 65 To 66: For m = 65 To 66: For i1 = 65 To 66
    For i2 = 65 To 66: For i3 = 65 To 66: For i4 = 65 To 66
    For i5 = 65 To 66: For i6 = 65 To 66: For n = 32 To 126
         ActiveSheet.Unprotect Chr(i) & Chr(j) & Chr(k) & _
            Chr(l) & Chr(m) & Chr(i1) & Chr(i2) & Chr(i3) & _
            Chr(i4) & Chr(i5) & Chr(i6) & Chr(n)
         If ActiveSheet.ProtectContents = False Then
            MsgBox "Password is " & Chr(i) & Chr(j) & _
                Chr(k) & Chr(l) & Chr(m) & Chr(i1) & Chr(i2) & _
                Chr(i3) & Chr(i4) & Chr(i5) & Chr(i6) & Chr(n)
          Exit Sub
         End If
    Next: Next: Next: Next: Next: Next
    Next: Next: Next: Next: Next: Next
End Sub

copy vba code into module

Step 5: Click 'run' and 'OK' in the new window.

click on run and ok

Step 6: Finally, you can stop your Word file protection.

Method 4: Using an Online Word Document Password Remover

You only need to use online password removers when the document requires a password to open instead of needing it for modification.

You can google 'online word password remover' and use any of the hundreds of results. Password remover tools such as or are easy to use and usually succeed at cracking the password. All password recovery tools have a general process that includes selecting the file, selecting the approach (some online tools don't have different methods and only perform brute-force), and clicking 'start.'

use online word document password remover

For this article, we will be using lostmypass.

Step 1: Drag and drop on the lostmypass home page and manually select the file you want to decrypt.

drag and drop on lostmypass page

Step 2: After you upload the Word file, lostmypass online password remover automatically starts decrypting it.

Step 3: When the decryption is complete, the website will show you your password, and you can use it to remove the protection of your Word document.

remove protection of word document


You can open Word documents that are password protected in different ways, both online and offline. The online methods will not always work, but they're worth a try. The techniques to remove password protection from word files when you don't know the password apply only to documents you have forgotten the password of. If you have a document that is not yours and is protected, it's best not to try to open it as it's someone else's, and you're risking legal problems.

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