The Fort Knox of Microsoft Word

Password Protected Documents:
The Fort Knox of Microsoft Word

Ah, yes. It’s a question as old as time.

“I’ve locked myself out of a protected Word document, and I can’t remember the password. What do I do?”

Listen, kids, if we had a euro for every time we’ve been asked this question, we’d be…. Well, we’d be rich enough to be knocking back a mojito on a white sand beach instead of running a tech company, get it?

OK, so here’s the thing. Your intentions were good. You get points for knowing how to password protect a document in the first place. You might even have inherited this document from Joe who left the company. Ugh, that Joe!

However, those points are cancelled out, and negative points accrued (yes, we can do that, and no, we are not your real mom) because you forgot or lost the password. Honestly, what are you like?

Password Protection - how to password protect a word document
How to password protect

For those of you who don’t know how to password protect a Word document, follow these easy steps:

  1. Click the file tab.
  2. Select Info
  3. Click on the Protect Document button
  4. Select Encrypt with Password

You’re welcome. Now, whatever you do, don’t forget that password.

Your options

Right. You forgot the password. You’re locked out. We’re gonna break it down for you. There are two options. Take a deep breath and pick.

Envelope number 1:

Try, try, and try again*. You have unlimited guesses for the password. Think of it like having an unlimited amount of hot people you can ask to dance; you might get lucky. Also, many passwords can be obvious – your pet’s name… your kid’s name… the random collection of digits and letters you’ve carelessly left lying about on a post-it note. Sigh, get it together.

Envelope number 2:

In the words of Elsa from Frozen, “let it go, let it go, that perfect girl is gone.”

Start again. Rebuild your life. Tell that document to go into the witness protection programme and assume a new identity, because you’ll never see it again. You had something together, once, but destiny had other plans.

Sorry, folks, there’s no hack for this one

Still drowning?

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*Did you try CuteKittens123?

Jun 03, 2021

Amy Lynch - Content Creator

Amy Lynch

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