Remove a password from a document

Removing a password from a document is a simple process, but you have to know the original password.

(The way to remove the password is the same process as creating a password and changing it, too.)

  1. Open the document and enter its password.

  2. Click File > Info > Protect Document > Encrypt with Password.

    Password-protect your document

  3. Clear the password in the Password box, and then click OK.


    • Passwords are case-sensitive. Make sure that the Caps Lock key is turned off when you enter a password for the first time.

    • If you lose or forget a password, Word can’t recover your information so it might be a good idea to keep a copy of your password in a safe place or create a strong password that you’ll remember.

Applies To: Word 2016 Preview, Word 2013

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