July 24, 2010

Crack a password protected Microsoft Word file

MS-Word

Here's how you crack the password protected Microsoft Word file:

  1. Open the document and do a "Save As..." specifying Rich Text Format (RTF). It'll end up being called something.rtf.
  2. Open the RTF file by double-clicking on it. It should look identical to the original Word file.
  3. Save the RTF file with a new name as a Microsoft Word format document.
  4. Open the new word document and select “Stop Protection”

That's all there is to it. You've sidestepped the read-only lock on the file.