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Word 2000 document password - Using Word 2010, how to remove it?

Posted on 2012-08-15
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I'm looking for a way to remove a password from a Word 2000 document. I know the password, and I was able to remove the encryption password by going to File | Info | Protect Document | Encrypt with Password and wipe out the password from there and save it. Now I get prompted with the screenshot I have attached.

Screenshot of password message
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Question by:SamuelShaw
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Being as this is a read-only lock, can you save the document down as RTF format (file | save as | rich text format) and does this new document have the same password applied?
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by:Colleen Kayter
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Open the document, go to the Review tab.

Click the Restrict Editing button (in the Protect Group toward the right end of the ribbon).

Clear all the check boxes that appear in the Restrict editing and formatting pane.

Kind of a wild guess here. I don't have any protected Word 2000 docs to test this. :D
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I tried NerdyWoman's solution and it didn't work because that type of protection is already off. This is the read-only protection so arroryn is partially right. I tried it and the rtf file does still have the password required. However, if I save the rtf file as another rtf file, it strips the read-only requirement out so that I can actually open it for editing. Not sure why, but it does work and once I've done that I can save it back to a Word format. Thanks for your help.
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by:SamuelShaw
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The solution by arroryn is only partial. That's why I'm giving my solution as the best.
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