How to Crack/Hack Password Protected Microsoft Word Documents

Introduction

It's useful to protect a document if it's proprietary or if you don't want your baby brother to be able to read your short story on your computer. But it becomes problematic if you forget the password and can't access the document. Here's a few ways to un-password your document.

Things You'll Need

  • Microsoft Word

  • A Hex Editor like WinHex

  • The document you want to un-protect

First Method -- Create a New Document

  1. Open the document that is protected, highlight all the text and copy it to the clipboard.
  2. Open a new Word document.
  3. Paste the material from the protected document into the new document.
  4. Save the document.

Tip

You may lose some of the formatting and/or styles with this method.

Second Method -- Use a Hex Editor to Find and Remove the Password

  1. Open the protected document.
  2. Go to the Start button and select "Save As."
  3. Select Web page (either .html [web page] or *htm [web page filtered]) in the *Save as type** area.
  4. In WordPad or NotePad, open the web-page document you "Saved as."

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