How to Remove MS-Word Restrict Editing

How to Remove MS-Word Restrict Editing

Tested with Word 2010 and 2013 at the time of this writing.

  1. Open the Word file with MS-Word
  2. Click File > Save As > choose Rich Text Format (*.rtf)
  3. Select “File” > “Close
  4. Open the file with Notepad 
  5. Press CTRL   F  type  passwordhash


click  Find Next 

  • Replace passwordhash with hashpassword 
  • Save the file and Close Notepad
  • Go back to MS-Word and open the .rtf file.
  • Click the Review ribbon > Click Restrict Editing  > when the screen open, uncheck all checked boxes. Stop Protection etc. 
    **Sometimes the option to STOP PROTECTION is already unchecked because the password was changed.
  • Click File > Save As > restore the file format back to (*.docx) (*.doc)

That’s it!


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