Transferring password protected files from Word to Pages

  pollpott 03 Dec 12

I have lots of password protected Word docs on an external HD which I need to open in Mac Pages but I only get a message saying they are password protected with no option to enter the password and so I cannot open them. Any suggestions please?

  Chronos the 2nd 03 Dec 12

I think the only way would be to remove the password protection from the document.

But you might get other suggestions here. Pages Forum.

  pollpott 03 Dec 12

I don't know how to do that but I will check out the link you sent, thanks.

  Chronos the 2nd 03 Dec 12

How do I turn the password protect off in a Word Document?

Go to Tools Options Security and delete it. Bit more here.

  pollpott 04 Dec 12

Thanks for the help. I think the only way is to deal with each one individually and remove the password on a windows pc then email it and open it on the Mac.

  bremner 08 Dec 12


I have no problems with password protected Word documents in Pages. It simply asks for the password and opens.

What versions of each are you using?

  pollpott 11 Dec 12

Hi Bremner, sorry for the delay in replying I am using word 2007 and word 2010. Some files are older and were written using the earlier version, some mre recent and use 2010. The main problem is that when I try to open one on the Mac, Moutain Lion version, it doesn't even ask for a password it just comes up with can't import, password protected. Any thoughts?

  bremner 11 Dec 12

I do not know why I can and you can't but you could try downloading and installing OpenOffice (free) for the Mac and see if that opens the file.

  pollpott 14 Dec 12

I tried that but it didn't work. I am thinking of buying word for mac but the reviews I have looked at are not that good.

  Harina54 17 Dec 12

I know a password recovery tool called SmartKey Password Recovery. Maybe you can have a try. It seems from Or maybe you Google Search it. Good luck.

  pollpott 17 Dec 12

Not being able to access the files became intolerable so I downloaded a trial copy of office for mac and that works fine so I guess thats the answer. Thanks for taking the time to post suggestions, cheers.


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