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How to Get Rid of the Read Only Protection in a Word Document

Remove Read Only Protection

This online computer repair guide illustrates how to get rid of “Read-Only” protection from a Microsoft Word document. Note that it is not possible to remove the said edit lock from an MS Word document in case you do not know the configured password. However, you can copy the text in the document and paste it into a new editable one as a workaround.

A Workaround for Read-Only Protection

When you copy the contents from a Word file by pressing Ctrl and A keys simultaneously and then using the Ctrl and C shortcut key combo, this will copy the entire content into the clipboard of Windows. Even if you open a new Microsoft Word document from the Start menu, you can paste that in the document by pressing Ctrl and V hotkeys. While copying and pasting will not remove the actual Word document’s Read-Only protection, it will create an editable copy of the file.

Disable the Read-Only Protection from Downloaded Word Documents

You may have downloaded a tutorial file with Read-Only protection from an online computer repair site into your system or copied the file from a pen drive, but as long as it is downloaded, you can follow the below steps to edit the file.

Disable Protected View in Files Protected with a Password

Change the Properties of the Word File

For that, the files have to be saved in the computer. In case it is on a CD or pen drive, copy and paste the file to the computer before continuing.

Sometimes, Microsoft Word also shows a “Cannot Save a Read-Only File” message when a user tries to save an already saved document by pressing Ctrl and S. Instead of saving, the application tends to reveal a pop up for users to Save As… the file with a different name. However, that can be annoying to users. It is yet to be known what causes such kind of issues, so it will be better to contact our certified online computer tech support professionals to get a solution.