Unlock Encrypted Word Doc with PassRec for Word

Forgot the password you set for your MS Word files and don’t know how to crack it without the password with PassRec for Word? Read the following guide here:

Download and Install.

Download PassRec for Word on our website, and install it on your Windows computer. After launching it, you will see the home screen of the software:

passrec for word home screen

Choose a password recovery method.

PassRec provides two ways to recover passwords from your Word file:

  1. recover password that restrict access to viewing the content of the file.
  2. remove password that protect the file from being copied, printed, or edited.

If you can’t open the Word file to view the content, choose the first one;

If you can open the Word file but the file is read-only, choose the second one.

Recover the password that’s locking the Word file.

Choose the option on the left of the home screen, and you will come to this page:

password recovery screen

Drag and drop your encrypted doc/docx file to the blank space of the screen, and choose one password attack method from the right side of the screen.

choose password attack method

Combination Attack

If you choose the Combination Attack method, that means you only know some of the characters in the password.

So after choosing the method and click Next, you will have to provide some clues about the password that you know: the length of the password, prefix/suffix, lowercase/uppercase letters, numbers, and symbols.

provide password clue
password clue summary

After all known clues have been provided, you will come to the Summary screen listing all the clues that you know. That will help PassRec narrow the range of password attacks.

Dictionary Attack

If you choose this attack method, PassRec will automatically try to find your password from its inbuilt password dictionary. This will take longer time than the combination attack method.

Brute Force Attack

Brute Force Attack method is for those who have no idea what the password of their RAR file contains, or how many characters it has. Under this method, PassRec will try every possible way to do the password recovery, which will take longer than the above two methods.

Password recovery will take minutes, or even hours, totally depending on how many clues you have provided, and how complicated your password is.

password recovery in progress

If PassRec successfully unlocks your password, you will see this screen notifying you the password of your file.

successful word password recovery

Remove Word password that’s restricting edit access.

Step 1: Choose from the right side of the home screen, and drag and drop your read-only Word file here:

remove word read-only restriction

Step 2: Click the Remove Button, and PassRec will start cracking its edit lock. Depending on the complicity of your password, the time needed for password crack will also vary. But normally, it takes no more than an hour.

password removal in progress

Step 3: When it finish the recovery process, you will get the notification as below:

successful removal

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