How to Remove a Word Password

by Aaron Wein

Microsoft Word 2007 and 2010 offer several privacy features, including the ability to lock a document from certain users or lock it from future editing. Another privacy feature is the ability to restrict access to a document by encrypting it with a password to block unwanted readers. This can help ensure privacy but it may also become a hassle to enter a password every time you open the document, especially if you don't mind if other people access it anymore. Fortunately, you can remove the password the same way you added it.

Word 2010

Open the file you wish to remove the password on. You'll be prompted to enter in the password.

Enter the password for the Word 2010 document.

Choose "File" from the top left section of the window. A descending list of file-related options will appear on the left side of the screen.

Choose "Info" from the "File" menu list. Notice that another menu appears to the right of the window.

Click the button resembling a lock and key titled "Encrypt Document." Another menu will appear with a few encryption options.

Select "Encrypt with Password." The menus will close and a new window will appear where you can modify or delete the password.

Highlight the password in the text box and delete it.

Click "OK." This removes the password from the Word 2010 document.

Word 2007

Open the file you wish to remove the password on. You'll be prompted to enter in the password.

Enter the password for the Word 2007 document.

Choose the Office logo button from the top left section of the window. A descending list of basic options will appear below the Office logo button.

Hold your mouse over the "Prepare" button on the resulting menu. Another menu will appear to the right of "Prepare."

Select "Encrypt Document." The menus will close and a new window will appear where you can modify or delete the password.

Highlight the password in the text box and delete it.

Click "OK." This removes the password from the Word 2007 document.

About the Author

Aaron Wein is a copy editor for Skagit Valley Publishing. He has been a writer and editor since 2004, contributing to Washington-based publications and clients such as the "Bellingham Herald," "Western Athletics," "GNAC Sports" and Microsoft. Wein obtained a bachelor's degree in journalism from Western Washington University.