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Password Protected Word File (Word 2010)

Had a request from a user who would like to edit a word document but the file was password protected.

The workaround that worked is as followed:


  • Run word 2010 and then open the password protected word file.
  • Now save it as a 1997-2003 document (*.doc) with a different file name.
  • Close word then re-open it.
  • Open the new renamed .doc file.
  • Navigate to the Review tab.
  • Click on Restrict Editing.
  • Click on “Stop Protection”.


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