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Old Feb 4th, 2010, 05:59 PM   #1
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Open password protected Word file in Word 2008

Every now and then I receive a password protected Word file that is created with a Windows version of MS Word. I know the password for the file, but I have never been able to open it in Word 2008 on my Macbook Pro. All I get after I enter the password is an error message that the password is incorrect. i.e. Word 2008 fails to recognize the encryption scheme on the file.

In order to open the file, I have to fire up my old Toshiba laptop, transfer the encrypted Word file over and open it with MS Word 2003 using the same password that I try with Word 2008 for Mac. Now everything is cool. To print the file, I have to save it as a new .doc file then transfer the newly saved file back to the Macbook Pro for printing.

I did a Google search and couldn't find the reason why Word 2008 for Mac would not recognize the encryption scheme but the old version Word 2003 for PC could.

Does anyone know of a way to open the encrypted file in Word 2008?
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