How to open a password protected Word 2007 document if password is lost?

How to open a password-protected Word 2007 document if the password is lost?

Unprotect Word Document without Password

"How do I unprotect a word document without a password?"

Do you forget the password after encrypting your Word files to protect them from being opened or edited? Actually, there are two different situations when a Word document is protected with a password.

To secure your important files or data, setting a password on Word files is a reliable guarantee. While the increasing passwords pile up here and there, IT makes your brain mess up, and therefore you have the passwords forgotten.

Therefore, unprotecting Word files without passwords is a required skill for future work.

Part 1. For Word Only Read Password

Actually, we can achieve how to unprotect a word document by targeting the "Only Read" mode first. The Read Only mode is designed for document protection. In this mode, you can only preview the content but without any right to modify or edit it. Let's check how to unlock it.

#1 Save It as A New Word Document

In the beginning, try a simple but effective way to unprotect a Word document without a password — to resave the document!

Step 1. Open the password-protected Word document and you will get a prompt asking you to input your password.

Step 2. Just click on the Read Only button to enter this mode.

read only the locked word document

Step 3. Press on F12 which will open a Save As prompt. Choose Word 97-2003 Document as the target format and click on the Save button.

save the file as a new word document

Step 4. Finally, you get a new Word document without protection and you can freely edit the file as you want now.

#2 Copy All and Paste to A New Word File

In fact, another easy way to remove protection from a word document without a password is to copy the content of the document and directly paste it into a new document.

However, due to the built-in format problem, some font formats are difficult to copy completely. In addition, sometimes the problem of copying may arise due to the limitation on the copy, but in most cases, this method is still feasible.

copy all and paste to a new word file

Step 1. Tap Ctrl + A to choose all of the content, or you can move your cursor to click on Edit on the top toolbar and choose Select All as the same.

Step 2. Tap Ctrl + C to copy the selected content.

Step 3. Open or create a new blank Word document and tap Ctrl + V to paste the copied content.

Step 4. Save the new document and modify or edit it as you want.

#3 Unprotect Word Document Using .rtf

We can use the transformation of document format and external editing to unprotect Word documents. But additional editors should be downloaded if you have no one on your PC. Most importantly, this approach is only in favor of removing passwords from word documents rather than cracking passwords.

unprotect word documents using RTF

Step 1. Open the password-protected Word document and navigate to Files.

Step 2. Choose to Save to resave the document as Rich-Text-Format (*.rtf) and then close the document.

resave the file as RTF and close it

Step 3. Now coming in handy the Editor! Open the RTF. document in Editor.

Step 4. Tap Ctrl + F to search "passwordhash" in the document, then replace the highlighted part after it with other words, for example, "password".

replace the highlighted part after passwordhash with other words

Step 5. Open it. document again in Word and find the Review section.

Step 6. Find "Restrict Editing" on the right and choose "Stop Protection" as well as un-tick the options as shown in the screenshot.

stop protecting the locked word doc

Step 7. Finally, you can resave the RTF. document as its original format without any protection now.

Part 2. For Word Open Password

For the password itself, on the other hand, let's try the following methods to unprotect a Word document without a password.

#4 Unlock Protected Document via XML

This method is quite similar to the approach mentioned above (see #3 in Part1), but there is something different that needs to be paid attention to. So next let's comb through the detailed instructions to unlock the word document without a password:

Note: this method works for the password-protected document, which cuts no ice.

Step 1. Open the password-protected Word document.

Step 2. Click on Files and choose Save to resave the document in another format.

Step 3. Choose Word XML Document (*.xml) from the list and click on Save.

Step 4. Close the document.

Step 5. Open the newly saved document in an Editor by right-clicking on it and choosing Open with and choose one specific editor.

Step 6. Tap Ctrl + F and type "enforcement" to search such a word.

search for enforcement to replace it

Step 7. You can find either "w:enforcement=1" or "w:enforcement=on".

Step 8. Change "1" to "0" or "on" to "off". Save the settings and close it.

Step 9. Open the XML document in Word.

Step 10. Save the XML document without protection as the original format you desire and save it again.

Step 11. Now you have already removed the protection that previously exists and can modify the document.

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#5 Unlock Word with VBA

As VBA is a programming language, which relies on Office software and can not run independently. Through VAB code, you can automate the operation of various Office software. So with this approach, you can recover passwords and unprotect Word documents 2013/2010.

Step 1. Open a new and blank word document.

Step 2. Open Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications by tapping Alt + F11.

Step 3. Choose Module under Insert section.

Step 4. In the General, window, type the code as shown in the picture and press F5.

type the VBA code and run it

Step 5. Then get to the password-protected document you want to recover from the prompt and click OK to open it.

Step 6. Then you can get a window popping up indicating the password and click on OK to close it.

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Step 7. Go back to Word and navigate to File and find Protect Document. Choose Encrypt with Password.

locate the encrypt with password

Step 8. Delete the password in the box and click on OK to save the settings. Now you succeed in removing the password and trying to edit the document without a password!

unprotect word document 2013 2010

#6 Best Way to Recover Word Password

Of course, if you feel that the above method is somewhat complicated, you can also choose software to recover passwords with simple steps. here we recommend Password Genius, which can effectively help to unlock password-protected Word documents without losing data.

For the new users, it also provides 3 characters for free to recover passwords in Word. Remember that this software is designed for password recovery, like Microsoft excel password recovery.

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Step 1. Install and launch Password Genius after its download on your PC.

Step 2. Choose to enter the first mode "Recover Password For Files and Archives".

select recover passwords for files and archives

Step 3. Then choose "Word Password Recovery" for password recovery in Word.

choose an office password recovery mode

Step 4. Select the target document you want to unlock by clicking on the folder icon on the right.

click open to add a password-locked file

Step 5. Then you can select one of the 4 types of attack (including Brute-force, Mask, Dictionary, and Smart) based on your needs as well as other settings below, and then click on Start for the next progress. (Stop is available during analyzing by clicking on the Stop button on the right.)

start recovering password protection from file

Brief Introduction of the 4 Types:


You can think of Smart as Automatic, which means that no settings need to be made and the software will automatically recover the password, while the drawback is it takes a longer time to finish the progress.

smart attack to recover password


In this mode, the more you set in both Length and Range sections, the less time you need to take for recovery.

brute force attack to recover password


Apart from the above seething, in Mask mode, you need to type the number or character that you know and type "?" for the others you don't know into the "Mask" box.

mask attack to recover password


For this mode, apart from using the default dictionary, you also can create a TXT file in advance where you can type down all password guesses. Then click on "Select Dictionary" to choose the TXT file.

dictionary attack to recover password

Step 6. Once the recovery finishes, you can see the password of the Word document is shown in the prompt. Click on Copy button and then Open the Word document.

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The Bottom Line

Well, that's all for this post on how to unprotect word documents without a password. To be honest, if the file itself is not that important, it is not recommended to set up a password. After all, it is easy to forget or even mess up the password, so it will take more time and effort to retrieve the password or remove the password, which is a bit overwhelming.