How to Remove Encryption From Word Documents

By Aaron Wein

Microsoft Word gives its owners the tools to process and format documents. Sometimes, a document may contain sensitive material, such as important business information. In those instances, you can encrypt the file with a password, which requires others to enter the secret keychain every time they open it. Over time, entering and re-entering this password can become monotonous, especially if encryption no longer remains necessary. In those instances, you can remove the encryption using the program's built-in protection functions.

Word 2010

Step 1

Open the document and enter its encryption password.

Step 2

Click "File" to view a menu.

Step 3

Click "Info" from the "File" menu list.

Step 4

Choose "Encrypt with password" from the "Permissions" section of the resulting "Info" menu. A dialog box appears.

Step 5

Highlight the placeholder text in the "Password" field and delete it. Leave the field blank.

Step 6

Select "OK" to finish removing the encryption.

Word 2007

Step 1

Open the document and enter its encryption password.

Step 2

Click the "Office" button. A menu will appear beneath the button.

Step 3

Select "Prepare."

Step 4

Choose "Encrypt Document." A new dialog box will appear.

Step 5

Highlight the placeholder text in the "Password" field and delete it. Leave the field blank.

Step 6

Select "OK" to finish removing the encryption.