How to Stop Protection on a Word Document

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One of the features of Microsoft Word documents is that you can protect them from being formatted or edited. You may want to do this if you have a document that you want to keep others from viewing or making changes to. When you protect the document you can add a password, and only users with the password can view or modify the document. If you later decide that you want to stop protection on a Word document, it is easy to change.

  • Open the Word document you want to stop protecting and enter the password for the document if prompted (you will only be prompted to type in a password if you entered one when you originally protected the document).

  • Click the "Review" tab from the menu at the top of the page. When you review your document, you can run the grammar and spell-checker and protect the document if necessary.

  • Select "Protect Document" from the menu at the top. A box will open to the right of your document labeled "Restrict Format and Editing." This is where you will stop protection.

  • Click "Stop Protection." If you originally password-protected the document, you must enter the password now. The document will no longer be protected.

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