Protected Word Document

By Dr_Seuss
Jan 29, 2009
  1. i have a Microsoft Word 2003 document which i protected quite a while i cant remeber the password i used. is there anything i can do?
  2. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,002   +15

    Crack or Recover Read-only Password Protected Word Document

    If you are using Microsoft Office XP or Microsoft Office 2003, you can change the view to HTML-Code using Microsoft Script Editor by pressing the Alt+Shift+F11 keys.

    When the document is opened in the Microsoft Script Editor then search for “Password” and you will find something similar to this:
    <w: DocumentProtection>ReadOnly</w: DocumentProtection>
    <w: UnprotectPassword>9530C5F8</w: UnprotectPassword>

    To remove the document’s form protection:
    - remove the line containing ReadOnly and UnprotectPassword and then save the document using Ctrl+s, the protection should then be gone.
  3. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,334   +36

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