Word protected file with password, how to remove protection

  • rename the file extension from .doc or .docx to .zip
  • open the new .zip file and under the folder /word delete the settings.xml files
  • another option will be to edit the settings.xml and and change the
    w:enforcement=”1″ to w:enforcement=”on”, (or replace “on” with “off”
  • rename the zip file to .doc or docx and now you can open and modify it

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