This is a how to on how to recover access to a word document that has been protected to disable editing.
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.
One of the disadvantages of using this method is that you might mess up some of the formatting especially if you don't have all the fonts etc. Also some of the protection options even might prevent copying.
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.