How to Open a Word Document if You Forgot the Password

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I have a word document for which I seem to have forgotten the password. Now, I need to urgently access the document, and I need some help from you guys on how to open word document without the password. I have tried various ways such as using password recovery tools, online password crackers, and even tried guessing the password, but none of them has worked so far.

Can anyone suggest any other techniques or methods that can help me open word document? Thank you in advance for your help!

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best response confirmed by Mendeljeak250 (Copper Contributor)


Ugh, been there, done that! Forgetting a password to an important doc is just the pits, right? So, from one forgetful person to another, here are some things I've tried when in this annoying predicament:


1.Backup Dive: Before freaking out, did you maybe save an older version of this doc somewhere? Maybe on a cloud storage or an external drive? Sometimes you get lucky and find a version pre-password madness.


2. Password Recovery Tools: I see you've already tried some, but maybe you missed a few? There are tools like:

  • iSeePassword Dr. Word
  • Word Password Recovery Master
  • Wondershare Dr.Fone




Just make sure you’re downloading from the official sites. Dodging malware is not another problem you want.

  1. Macros Magic: Okay, this one's a bit techy but stick with me:

    • Open the doc.
    • Hit up Alt + F11 to open the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications.
    • Right-click, choose Insert > Module.
    • Copy and paste a specific VBA code (you can easily find this online).
    • Run it with F5.
    • If stars align, you'll get a usable password.
  2. Calling in the Pros: If this document is super vital and none of the DIY methods are cutting it, maybe consider hiring some professional data recovery peeps. Costs a bit, but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do.

  3. Future You Thanks: Once you crack this, maybe think about using a password manager? Or an old-school notebook stashed somewhere safe? Just so future you isn't pulling out their hair over this again!

Hope you manage to bust into that doc soon! Good luck! :four_leaf_clover:

@Mendeljeak250 The Password protection is designed to prevent the document from being opened without the password.  Try hypnosis.