Remove Password Encryption from a Microsoft Office Document

In the previous post, we saw how to encrypt a Microsoft Office document with a password. Now, let’s learn how to remove that encryption.

Remove password encryption from a Microsoft Office document

Open the Microsoft Office document that you wish to remove encryption.

Go to the File menu at the top, select Info, click Protect Document and then select Encrypt with password.

For Microsoft Word:
File > Info > Protect Document > Encrypt with Password

For Microsoft Excel:
File > Info > Protect Workbook > Encrypt with Password

For Microsoft Powerpoint:
File > Info > Protect Presentation > Encrypt with Password

It will show the password characters that you have encrypted your document with. Press Backspace and delete all of those characters in the password field, leaving it blank. Click OK. You have now removed the password encryption from your Microsoft Office document.

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