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    Compliance Heck (2k3 - SP2)

    Hi,

    Here in our version of IT Purgatory we often get requests we find as a bit ... over the top, but we're still required to address them. So here goes:

    Does anyone know how to find out which user or installation of office placed password protection on a word document?

    If anyone knows, holler.

    TYVM!

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    Re: Compliance Heck (2k3 - SP2)

    As far as I know, this information is not stored in the document.

    You could open the document using the "Recover text from any file" option. Unless the option to remove personal information on save has been set, you can see a list of names of the last ten or so users who edited the document. The user who set the password might be among them, but there is no guarantee for this.

    Note: make sure not to save the document when opened this way.

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    Re: Compliance Heck (2k3 - SP2)

    I'm guessing you want to know who set the password so you can ask them what the password is. Hans suggestion is good if you can actually open the file but may not be so useful if you don't know the password to do so.

    If you right click the file in Windows Explorer and choose Properties then you can go to the summary tab (an click the Advanced tab if available). This view will show you the document author and the user name who last saved the file. It is a reasonable assumption that one of these people know the password since they needed write access in the file in order to save it.

    If the file protection is for Forms then this assumption is not completely justified but in that case Hans solution will give you some names to quiz.
    Andrew Lockton, Chrysalis Design, Melbourne Australia

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    Re: Compliance Heck (2k3 - SP2)

    Thanks all!

    I was able to cull a few names from the text. Unfortunately, this search is more to finger someone for behavior less than favorable to the company. As I do not like to be the key to bad karma, much less be Big Brother, I made it clear to management that the information I pulled from the "read as text" viewing of the document would only give them who had worked on the document, not who had done what.

    If they want to get that G-Man, then they should get the appropriate network sniffers and just watch everyone 24-7.... (Hi, AOL)...

    This is one of the few times I actually want to pass the buck, so to speak.

    So, I was able to 'remove' the password protection by just inserting the file into another. And their witch hunt can continue elsewhere.

    As always, I remain indebtted to the Lounge for all your assistance over the years.

    Thanks again!

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