How to unprotect protected Microsoft Word Documents

This is a curious quirk I stumbled across earlier today. 
 
If you have a word document that is protected and have forgotted the protection password (if there is a protection password associated to that doc), you can get around this by saving the document into a new file!!!
 
This loses any password protection that had originally applied, therefore giving you open access to the document in its new form.
 
Ooops!  Bit of a security flaw there but a nifty work around if you have a forgetful client!
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Comments
Requires doc to docx M$ converter? Edit

Not sure if this is refering to the same thing – but I only got this to work by installing M$ compatibility pack (converts doc to 2007s docx formats), and converting to docx and back again.

This hack may not work in later versions of Office 2007 etc etc.

Download the pack from:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=941B3470-3AE9-4AEE-8F43-C6BB74CD1466&displaylang=en

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