Remove a modify password on a Word document

My Dad came to me asking me if I could crack a password for a word document he was trying to edit. He had created a form template and needed to edit it but could not remember the password he used. If all you have is a password set to disable editing of a word document it is pretty easy to remove it.

  1. Open the file and save as html file
  2. Open the html file in notepad or similar text editor
  3. Look for and delete two lines <w:DocumentProtection>Forms</w:DocumentProtection> and <w:UnprotectPassword>B6339E98</w:UnprotectPassword>

    The UnprotectPassword will be a random combination of letters and numbers, depending on what the password to the document is.
  4. Save the file.
  5. Now you can open it in word, you may see an error. But the file will open and you can now edit it. So now re-save it as whatever file extension you want and you are good to go.

Doing this messed up the page size settings of the document, but that is easy to fix. It saved my Dad from having to recreate the document from scratch.

  1. #1 by Anonymous on November 3, 2013 - 6:54 AM

    Damn, it works! Thank you!

  2. #2 by Anonymous on November 7, 2012 - 11:35 PM

    Thanks! a lot of the googled “hacks” didnt work for me, this one did! Office 2012 Windows 7

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