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Cannot Remove Protection from Word 2013 Document

Cannot remove protection from your Word 2013 document? Please follow the article to find answers you are looking for. Now let's see general questions first.

  1. Which kind of protection Microsoft Word 2013 used?
  2. How to remove protection from Microsoft Word 2013 document?
  3. Which one is effective way to remove Word 2013 document protection without password?

In following article, you would find answers to above questions.

Part 1: Two common protections for Microsoft Word 2013

With the upgrade of Microsoft Word, now you can protect Word 2013 full document or segment document with password as you like. So there would be different kinds of protections for different users' Microsoft Word 2013. Two usual word 2013 protections are listed here.

1. Word 2013 full document protection

This always happens when you save Word document and choose Protect Document option to protect this document. Once we set a password to make document protected, all contents in the document would be locked.

2. Word 2013 segment protection

It is used usually when we just want document to be only read. We can choose the partion we don't protect in document, and set password to "Restrict Editing". Once password is set up, and we start enforcing protection, unselected contents in document would be protected with password from editing.

Tips: How to Lock Word Document with Full or Segment Protection

Part 2: Remove protection from Word 2013 document with password

If we know the password which has been used to protect Word 2013 document, we just need to type password, to stop protection, or remove password protection, and then Word document would be unprotected.

1. Remove full protection from Word 2013 document

For example, when we have set a password to protect Word document fully, just open it and type password you know. Click File > Info > Protect Document > Encrypt with Password, and make password box blank. Click "OK" and Word 2013 document password protection would be removed.

remove Word document protection with password

2. Remove segment protection from Word 2013 document

When we have made Word document segment not be edited, just open Word document, click Review > Restrict Editing, then click "Stop Protection" in Microsoft Word right bottom side, and type password we know to relieve Word document protection.

stop Word document edit protection with password

Part 3: Remove Word 2013 document protection without password

no password for opening Word 2013 document

But if you don't know the password used to protect word 2013 document, above methods would not work. You would need an effective tool to help you remove password protection from word 2013 document.

According to these requirements, Word Password Genius would be a better choice. Maybe, it couldn’t remove Word 2013 password directly, but it could find out Word document original password you have set. Then you can manually remove Word 2013 password protection by yourself.

Step 1: Take Word Password Genius and install it on computer.

If you know Word 2013 password is no longer than 3 characters, take trial version is OK. If it is not, please get full version and then install it on your computer.

Step 2: Run Word Password Genius and import locked Word document.

Click Open button on menu and browse Word document you want to import on computer. When you find, select it and click Open button to confirm. Instantly, it would be in Encrypted File box.

remove Word 2013 password protection with password recovery tool

Step 3: Select appropriate password attack type and set parameters.

In Type of attack, we could see four password attack types are available to recover password. In purpose of password recovery efficiency, please choose appropriate one from them according to forgotten password characteristics. Then set password length, password range, mask, dictionary path you know.

Refer to: Brute-force/Mask/Dictionary Password Recovery Attack Settings

Step 4: Find Word 2013 document password.

Click Start button on menu when you think you have confirmed all settings. Wait for few seconds or minutes, Word password would be found and pops up. How long time it would take based on password complexity and the password attack type, password attack parameters we have set.

open password protected Word 2013 document

Step 5: Open word 2013 document with recovered password, and remove document full protection.

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