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When you save a password-protected document in a format other than "WordDocument (*.doc)", Word removes the password protection but displays thefollowing message as a warning that the password will be lost:
This document is password protected. Saving this document in a format other than the current version of Word will result in the loss of this protection. Do you want to continue?
You can reopen, edit, and resave the converted file in Word or another wordprocessor without the need to specify the password. Note that this behavior is also true if you save the document and protectit from revisions, annotations, or forms with a password.
All export binary file format converters supplied with Word use theMicrosoft Rich Text Format (RTF) as an intermediate format when saving in anon-default format. The RTF specification does not support the retention ofpassword information. The converter therefore does not retain passwordprotection when saving a document in any format besides the default.
To open an existing Word document prior to saving in a different format,you must know the document's password. Therefore, the limitation referencedin the "Symptoms" section of this article does not represent a compromiseof security in Word. You need to be aware that to retain passwordprotection in a "Word Document (*.doc)," you must work with apassword-protected document in the same version of Word that the Worddocument was protected in.
For additional information about converting password protected documents inWord, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
168098 WD: Word Cannot Convert Password Protected Documents
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