How do you unlock a document in Microsoft Word I tried doing what it said in the Help feature but had no luck. Everything is greyed out so i'm not able to click on anything.I need a solution as my work is stuck without this document.
Regarding on your query, it seems that it has protection for editing restriction. You did not mention what version of your Word is, but anyway, you can try the my procedures for both 2007 and 2003 version.
If you are using 2003 version of Word here is how you do it. First, find the “protect document” pane and choose “stop protection”. Take note that in order to complete this procedure, you must know your password.
If you are using 2007 version of Word, it is almost the same on 2003 version. First thing to do is find “Protect document” pane then choose “unrestricted access”. Same in 2003 version, you must also know your password here.
If you have a locked Microsoft Office Word document, you won’t be able to open it if you don’t know the password. This protects the file or document from unauthorized access. To unlock the file successfully, you must open the file first and do a “Save As” to save the file again without the password. Now, to do this, start Microsoft Office Word then open the locked file.
Enter the password when you are prompted. Once the file is opened, click on the Office button and select “Save As” or press F12 on your keyboard. In “Save As” dialog, click “Tools” on the bottom left corner and select “General Options”. In “General Options” dialog, remove the password in “Password to open” and “Password to modify”.
When you are done, click “OK” then “Save” to save the file again. When saving, don’t change the filename to overwrite the existing file. This will replace the existing file with the one that doesn’t have the password.