If you want to restrict editing in a Word document, you can start enforcing protection, and just stop protection when you want to remove restrict editing from Word document. Now this article is just showing how to start and stop protection on Word 2016 document with password.

Part 1: How to start enforcing protection on Word 2016 document with password

Step 1: Open the Word document.

Step 2: Select the Review tab and then click Protect -> Restrict Editing.

click Protect and Restrict Editing

Step 3: After the Restrict Editing pane appears, check or select your desired items and then click on Yes, Start Enforcing Protection.

start enforcing protection

Step 4: Select Password as the Protection method, enter your password and reenter it again to confirm. Then click OK.

enter password protection

Step 5: Press Ctrl + S to save the changes. Then you’ve started enforcing protection on this Word 2016 document.

Part 2: How to stop protection on Word 2016 document with/without password

Case 1: with password

In order to stop protection, just need to click on Stop Protection and then enter the password when the Unprotect Document dialog box pops up to ask for the password to unprotect the Word 2016 document.

click Stop Protection and enter password

Case 2: without password

If you forgot the password, how can you stop protection without knowing the password? Do as follows.

Step 1: Open the Word 2016 document. Then click File -> Save as to save it as a Rich Text file (.rtf).

save word document as rich text file

Step 2: Close the current document.

Step 3: Open the *.rtf file with Notepad. Press Ctrl + F to open Find dialog box. Then type passwordhash and click Find Next to quickly find the “passwordhash” string, and then delete the string that follows. Finally press Ctrl + S to save the changes and then close the notepad.

delete the string next to passwordhash

Step 4: Re-open the .rtf document. Save it in its original .docx format.

Step 5: Open the .docx document. Select the Review tab and then click Protect -> Restrict Editing. Then click on Stop Protection and you can successfully stop protection on this Word 2016 document without password required.