Unprotect Word Document 2016 without Knowing Password

How to Unprotect Word Document 2016 without Knowing Password

May 19, 2017 11:43 am / Posted by Michael Eric to Office Tricks
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Setting a Word password to prevent files from been edited or opened is a regular way of protection. However, every now and then, the password could bring trouble as well. Just imagine how helpless you would be when you received such a file without knowing password, or you just forgot the password set yourself. In that case, you need to learn how to unprotect Word Document 2016 without knowing password.

Word 2016 password includes password that restricts others from open and password that restricts making changes to the documents, or in another word, editing the file. Thus we’ll divide this article into 2 parts.

PART 1: A Word Document That Requires an Unknown Password to Open
PART 2: A Word Document 2016 That Requires an Unknown Password to Make Changes

PART 1: A Word Document That Requires an Unknown Password to Open

Normally, to unprotect encrypted Word 2016 document, you need to go through the following 4 steps.

  • 1. From your PC, find the Word document which is protected with a password to open. Type in password and open this file.
  • 2. Go to the File tab and choose Info to open the Info window.
  • 3. Click the Protect Document button, and choose Encrypt with Password.
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  • 4. When the Encrypt dialog box appears, delete the password and click OK.

However, if the password has long been forgotten, Word Password Recovery is something you cannot do without, in order to unprotect encrypted Word 2016 document without password. This program enforces 3 types of attacks to ensure password crack efficiency. Here’s how to unprotect a Word 2016 doc.

  • 1. Download Word Password Recovery, install it on your computer and launch it.
  • 2. Click on Open to import the file you want to unprotect.
  • 3. Select the attack types you prefer and set settings for the attack you set. Don’t forget to click on Start to initiate the password encryption process.
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In a few minutes, or a few hours (depending on the complexity of your password), you will get a prompt windows displaying the password. And you will have to go through the 4-step at the beginning to delete the password. Never again will you have to enter the password before opening the Word document.

PART 2: A Word Document That Requires an Unknown Password to Make Changes

If the password only set to prevent others from editing or making changes to the documents, you can unprotect edit restricted Word 2016 file by creating a new Word document and then insert to it the encrypted content.

  • 1. Open a new Word document, and click on Insert.
  • 2. Click the arrow next to Object in the Text group. Select Text from File from the drop-down menu to open the Insert File window.
  • 3. Find the protected Word document. Choose it, and then click Insert to get content in the protected file inserted into the new Word document.
  • 4. Save the new Word document.

That’s it! Without knowing any password, you now have an unprotected Word file and you can change or edit the document just as you like. We’ve also covered on How to Lock Part of a Word Document in Office 2016, click on for this interesting trick.

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