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How to Edit a Locked Word Document without Password

Need to edit a Word document, but you don't have permission to make changes? Typically, you will be able to open the file as read-only, but you won’t be able to edit, save, or print it. The file might be locked because:


We will show you several ways to make a locked document become editable. We assume you know the password to open the Word document. If the document is password-protected, you won't be able to open it without supplying the password. There is no way to bypass password protection, you will have to use some third-party software to find the lost password.

How to edit a Word document locked by password to modify

If you open a modifying protected document, the Password dialog box displays, if you don't have the password, you can click Read Only button to open the document in Read-Only mode. So that you can view and read the document, but you will not be able to make changes without knowing the password. You will need to make a copy to enter your changes.

Read-Only mode

To edit the locked document, you have to save the file as a copy and edit the copy.

1. Click File and select Save As > Browse.

Save As

2. In Save as dialog, change the name of file, and then click Save. Now you've effectively remove read only, and the file becomes an editable document.

Save as a copy file

How to edit a Word document locked by editing restrictions

If you forgot the password required to edit a ready-only Word document, you need disable editing restriction on it. There are several ways to remove editing restrictions from Word document without password. Here we are going to show you how to edit a locked Word document on WordPad.

1. Right-click the document locked by editing restriction, and select open with WordPad.

Edit locked Word document in another program

2. When a locked document opened in WordPad, it automatically gets unlocked for editing. And you can edit and save the the file without any restrictions now.

Open with WordPad

3. After save this file, you've effectively remove editing restrictions, and the file becomes an editable document.

How to edit a Word document locked by mark as Final or Protected View

Office 2016 includes a file protection feature that allows authors to mark a file as Final. This locks the file, preventing any further editing. If an Office file is marked Final, you can easily turn off this feature in the Office 2016 applications by clicking Edit Anyway. After you exit mark as Final, you've effectively remove read only, and the file becomes an editable document.

Turn off mark as Final

How to exit Protected View mode

If you download documents from the Internet and from other potentially unsafe locations can contain viruses, worms, or other kinds of malware that can harm your computer, to protect your computer, these files from these potentially unsafe locations are in Protected View mode. If you know the file is from a trustworthy source, and you want to edit, save, or print the file, you can exit Protected View by clicking Enable Editing on the Message Bar.

Exit Protected View

After you exit Protected View, you've effectively remove protection, and the file becomes a trusted document. This methods above all apply to Microsoft Office Word 2016, Word 2013, Word 2010, and Word 2007.