Remove Editing Restrictions in Microsoft Word Without a Password

Stephen M Golden

Copyright © 23 February 2023


1.  Right click on the Word document and click Rename


2.  Change the extension from .docx to .zip


3.  From the pop-up, click Yes


4.  Right click the .zip file, then click on
“Open With…” and select “File Explorer


5.  Open the “word” folder.  Find the settings.xml file, right-click it, then click Delete.


6.  Exit the .zip folder


7.  Rename the .zip file back to .docx