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  • Word 97-2003 Documents - Open password protected

    Hi All

    I have a mass of Word 97-2003 documents created some years ago and all protected with the same password on opening, for which I have unfortunately forgotten what that password is. I have looked at a number of forums and found little of use to date and similarly don't want to pay the earth to find a single password or have each document decrypted individually, so can anyone help me find the most economic way to make all these files available to me please?

  • #2
    There is password cracking software (not too expensive if I remember) but no idea how effective it is). ISTR some which will give a free trial and do some cracking.

    Note this does not necessarily give you the password, just crack the document, so you may have to repeat per file.

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    • #3
      Some of the trial versions tend to give you the first 4 or so characters of the password. These may be worth a look at since it may trigger your memory to what the password was.

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