Start or Stop Protection on Word document 2016 with Password
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.
Step 3: After the Restrict Editing pane appears, check or select your desired items and then click on Yes, Start Enforcing Protection.
Step 4: Select Password as the Protection method, enter your password and reenter it again to confirm. Then click OK.
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.
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).
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.
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.