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How to Bypass Word Open Password and Edit Password

Case 1: A password is required to open a Word document, but you don’t know the password or forgot it. What can you do?

Password incorrect

Case 2: A Word document is restricted editing so that you can’t edit the content. A password is required to unprotect the document, but you don’t know the password or forgot it. What can you do?

Unprotect document

Take it easy! You can bypass Word Open password so that you can open a password protected Word document without password, and bypass Word Edit password so that you can edit a Word document without restrictions.

How to bypass Word Open password

If it’s a Word 2007 or earlier Word document which means its format is .doc, then you can quickly bypass the Open password with Word Password Remover. If it’s a Word 2010/2013 document which means its format is .docx, then you can use Word Password Refixer to find the Open password from the document.

How to bypass Word Edit password

Compared with Open password, it should be easier to bypass Word Edit password. Just need to use the 7-ZIP software or some other ZIP/RAR software installed on your computer.

Step 1: Check the Word file name extension and make sure it’s .docx. If its extension is .doc, just open the document and do "Save As" to save it as .docx format.

Step 2: Change the .docx extension into .zip extension. Just make sure to change it when prompted.

Change Word file name extension to zip

Step 3: Open the .zip file with 7-ZIP or other ZIP software installed on your computer. Then open the word folder.

Open word folder

Step 4: Right click on the "settings.xml" file and select "Edit".

Edit settings file

Step 5: Choose to open the "settings.xml" file with "Notepad". Find the element beginning with w:documentProtection and delete the entire element including the < and > brackets.

Remove document protection

Tips: If you have difficulty finding the element, press Ctrl + F to open Find dialog. Type Protection and click on the Find Next so that you can quickly find the w:documentProtection.

Step 6: Save the modified "settings.xml" and close it. Update it in the archive when prompted.

Update modified file

Step 7: Then close the ZIP archive. Now, you’ve successfully bypassed ZIP Edit password. Change the extension from .zip back to .docx. Open the Word document and you can edit the content without any restrictions.

Hence, don’t need to worry when you can’t open a password protect Word document without Open password or can’t edit the content of a Word document without Edit password. It should be a very easy task to bypass the two types of passwords in Microsoft Word document.