How to Remove the Write Protection from Microsoft Word

By Stephanie Ellen

If you have a Word 2007 or 2010 document with valuable information that you don't want other people to be able to edit, you can restrict access to the file by write-protecting it. Restricting access means that no one can edit the document until you remove the restriction. If you want to unlock your document and allow others to add their comments, edits or suggestions, you can remove the password protection in a few easy steps.

Step 1

Open Word, and open the protected document. Click on the "Developer" tab.

Step 2

Click on "Protect Document" tab, and then click on "Restrict Formatting and Editing."

Step 3

Click on "Stop Protection."

Step 4

Type the password into the password box.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you have forgotten the password, copy and paste the information from the write-protected Word document into a new Word document, and then save it under a different name.