iSumsoft » Resources » Office » How to Unlock a Word Document without Password

How to Unlock a Word Document without Password

You can set two layers of password to protect a Word document, password to Open and password to Modify. Without any one password Word document will be locked. If you have a Word document but cannot modify/edit it as you don’t know the Modify password, or you cannot open your password protected Word document as you’ve forgotten the Open password, what can be done? Now this article will explains how to unlock a Word document without password.


Part 1: 2 ways to unlock a Word document without password to Open

If you are locked out of your Word document without password to Open, there are two unlocking ways. One is cracking the password to Open, and another is removing the Open password.

Way 1: crack a word document Open password.

To crack a Word document password without losing data, just need this iSumsoft Word Password Refixer, which supports to crack password for all versions of Microsoft Word and all formats (.doc/.docx).

Step 1: Download and install Word Password Refixer on your computer. Then run it.
Step 2: Click Open button and browse for your locked Word document and add it into this program.
Step 3: Select one password attack type.
Step 4: Click Start button to start password cracking.
Step 5: Password is cracked successfully and displayed. Then use the password to open your locked Word document.

password is cracked

Way 2: Remove Open password from a Word document.

If your Word document’s format is .doc, you can remove the password protection with iSumsoft Word Password Remover which is specialized for removing password for Word .doc.

Step 1: Download, install, and then run Word Password Remover on your computer.
Step 2: Click Open button and add your locked Word document into this program.
Step 3: Click Remove Password button.

Click Remove Password

Step 4: When password is removed you can unlock your Word document without password.

Part 2: How to unlock a Word document without password to Modify

If your Word document is locked without knowing password to Modify, you can't do any editing. The easiest unlocking way is as follow.

Step 1: When you are asked to enter password to Modify, just leave it and click Read Only button to open the Word document as read-only.

Open Read Only

Step 2: When your Word document is opened as read-only, press F12 to bring out Save As dialog box. Select a folder to save the Word document and then select Word 97-2003 Document to save the Word document.

Save As .doc

Then the password to Modify will be lost. So you only need to enter password to Open to open the Word document, but don't need password to Modify any more, which means you have successfully unlocked your Word document without Modify password.