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  • Jan 27, 2021
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To be able to protected documents in Word to edit, you must remove the write protection. We will show you how to do it.

Word: write protection with password override

If you have forgotten the password, you can unlock the document easily in this way.

  1. To do this, open the file in Word.
  2. Then, click on "file > get info" > "protect document" and select restrict editing.
  3. On the right side you will see your permissions. Here, click on "unprotect".
  4. Enter the password, the document can be edited again.
If you know your password yet, you can cancel the write protection in Word with just a few clicks
(Screenshot: Felix Wölwer)

Write-protection bypass - With this Trick it works

If the password is omitted for the write protection, you can work around it:

  1. Press the key combination [Ctrl]+ [A] to select the entire document.
  2. Then you will have to copy the mark with [Ctrl] + [C].
  3. Then open a new Word document.
  4. Here paste the Copied with [Ctrl] + [V].
  5. Now you have the same content in another document that you can edit but.

Alternative: password instead of write protection

In Word, there are in addition to the write-protection in addition to the way to protect the document with a password, which you must enter before you can open the document.

  • To remove such a password, you must open the file first, however, in with said password.
  • In the opened file, navigate to "file > get info" > "protect document".
  • If you now click in the appearing drop-down menu, select "encrypt With password", you will see a dialog box with the current password. Remove this line and then click "OK".
  • In order for the Change to be effective, you must save the document again.
  • Important: if you Have forgotten the password for the file, there is no way to open the file again.
Password write protection on a Word to remove
(Screenshot: Felix Wölwer)