How to Remove the Protection From a Word Document

You can protect a Microsoft Word document that you created to determine who has access to the form, whether other users can modify it and to protect it from changes in formatting. If you later decide that you no longer require the Word document to be protected, you can remove it. How you do so depends on which version of Word you are using.

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You can remove the protection from a Word document

Remove Protection from a Word 2003 Document

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Open the document from which you want to remove protection.

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Go to the "Tools" menu.

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Select "Unprotect Document."

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Enter the password you placed on the document if prompted.

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Save the changes to the document by clicking the "Save" button on the "Standard" toolbar or using the keyboard shortcut "Ctrl+S."

Remove Protection from a Word 2007 Document

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Open the Word document from which you want to remove protection.

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Click the Microsoft Office Button. Point to "Prepare" and select "Encrypt Document." The "Encrypt Document" dialog box will open.

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Delete the password in the "Password" box and click "OK."

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Save the changes to the document by clicking the "Save" button on the "Quick Access Toolbar" or using the keyboard shortcut "Ctrl+S."

Remove Protection from a Word 2010 Document

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Open the Word document from which you want to remove protection.

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Go to the "Review" tab of the ribbon.

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Click the "Restrict Editing" button in the "Protect" group. The "Restrict Formatting and Editing" task pane will open.

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Click the "Stop Protection" button at the bottom of the task pane. Enter the document password. Click "OK."

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Save the changes to the document by clicking the "Save" button on the "Quick Access Toolbar" or using the keyboard shortcut "Ctrl+S."