In MS word if you go to the tools menu then select 'protect document' you can set the password to protect the document from editing. Useful feature if it s a memo or a form that needs to be passed about and you don't want anyone to make changes to it.
Now what happens if you forget the password and you need to make changes to the document?
For this instructable you will need.
1) A protected word document.
2) Ms Word.
3) Text Editor (like WordPad or Notepad).
4) Hex editor (Like WinHex).
Step 1: Method 1: Copy Contents of the Document Into a New Document.
Open the protected document do a Ctrl + A to select everything in the document.
Do a Ctrl + C to copy the selected area
Open a new document
Do a Ctrl + V to paste the selected area
Save the new document.
The new document is ready for you to make changes.
Step 2: Method 2: Format the Word Document.
b. Open the protected document in MS word.
c. Under the file menu select 'Save As'.
d. Under 'Save as type' choose "Web page (*.htm; *.html)" and click save
e. Close word.
Step 3: Method 2: Find the Password.
Search through the document for
The value between the open and closed
Step 4: Method 2: Hack the Document.
Search the document for the characters you found in the previous step 12345678 (1FC6CBEB)
but in the order 78563412 (EBCBC61F)
Once you have found the hex values overwrite them with 0's (zeros)
Save the document
Step 5: Method 2: Open the Document.
Under the Tools Menu select Unprotect document
Don't type anything in the password box just click ok.
Document is now unprotected and is ready for you to make changes.