How to Unprotect a Word Document

By Jeffrey Ober

Microsoft Word has a number of built-in security features, including the ability to “lock” or “protect” a Word document. This means, when you create and save a Word document, and choose to protect it, either with or without a password, the document cannot be edited, or change, until you "unprotect" it.

Step 1

Launch Microsoft Word and open the protected document. At the prompt, enter the password.

Step 2

Click on the "File" tab and select "Info" from the menu on the left. Choose "Encrypt With Password."

Step 3

Erase the password from the password field -- leave it blank -- and click "OK."

Step 4

Click on the "Save" button.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you do not know the password, try clicking the "OK" button without entering a password.