How to Remove File Locks on Word Documents

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Working in a shared work environment might require you to lock your documents. This prompts users with a password when they attempt to open documents. Add file locks to Word documents by using general save options. There are two types of locks. You can add a password to edit the document and one to open the document. Once the lock is added, users must add the password or they are not given access. Removing the lock involves utilizing the general save options again.

  • Open Word 2010 and click the "File" tab. Click "Open." Browse the files and locate the document. Click the document and the "Open" button. You are prompted to enter the password due to the file lock. Type the password and click "OK." If you added a password to modify the file, you are promoted to enter the password. Enter the password and click "OK." The file opens.

  • Click "File" and "Save As." Click the lower "Tools" drop-down list. Select "General Options." The General Options dialog box appears.

  • Highlight the password in the "Password To Open" and press the "Delete" key. If a password is in the "Password To Modify" field, highlight it and press "Delete." Click "OK" and "Save" to remove the file locks.

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