How to unlock a Word document?

Posted on 2009-02-08
Last Modified: 2013-12-02
I have a word file that is a purchase and sale agreement for real estate.  It is a fill in
the blank type of form.  I can't seem to change any of it.  All commands are greyed
out.  Does that mean it is locked?

How can I unlock it or even copy it to a new word file?  I can't even highlight
the text.  It won't let me.

Thanks ahead of time,
Question by:servent1
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    Expert Comment

    It sounds like as if it is protected for forms, so that you can only fill in the form fields.

    Show the Forms toolbar and try using the padlock to remove the protection.

    Author Comment

    Thanks for the response.  Yea, I guess it's password protected.
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    Accepted Solution

    If it is only forms-protected, you can try reading it into a blank document using Insert>File..
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    Expert Comment

    If it's password protected you can crack it with any number of free utilities.  Just search Google for "crack word password".  

    Author Comment


    That worked!  It took me a while cause I first didn't see the insert file command
    because in 2007 they renamed it and changed the fricking location.  It's now
    under insert-object-text from file.

    Thanks!  And thanks to all those who responded!

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    Expert Comment

    Sorry about the lack of detail. I use 2003 most of the time, but I could  power up another system to check any menu-driven answer if the question is known to be about 2007.

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