How to Unprotect a Word Document
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.
Launch Microsoft Word and open the protected document. At the prompt, enter the password.
Click on the "File" tab and select "Info" from the menu on the left. Choose "Encrypt With Password."
Erase the password from the password field -- leave it blank -- and click "OK."
Click on the "Save" button.
Tips & Warnings
- If you do not know the password, try clicking the "OK" button without entering a password.