Have you ever received or downloaded a protected document (i.e., you are locked out of parts of or the entire document) and experienced a huge amount of frustration with using the document? Well, I’ve experienced that frustration on occasion but thanks to a colleague, I can now share how to override the document protection. So far, I know this works with Microsoft Word.
1. Open the document.
2. Save it as a template (1997-2003).
3. Close the document.
4. Create a new document using the template (double-click on the template or if you are using Office 97-2003, File>New (from template) and choose your template).
5. Turn off protection in the new document.
Note: This is useful information for those who intend to protect their documents!