How to Password Protect a Microsoft Word Document?

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Microsoft Word is a word processor which comes with the Microsoft Suite. It is basically used to type and edit documents, stories, articles, projects, etc with no limit to its limitless features. Mostly all the documents that we deal with in our day-to-day life are word documents. So you can imagine the extent of potential threats if these words documents go missing or fall into the wrong hands. Thus it is always advised by experts to password protect the word document files, before they get exploited by intruders or hackers.

Here in this section of article we have come up with two amazing tricks which would not require any password protection softwares, but rather the implementation of the pre-configured tools to password protect the word documents.

Method #1: Password Protect Document using Protect Document Feature

In this method, we would make use of the Protect Document feature which is pre-installed feature on the Word Document application.

Step 1. Open the document which you wish to encrypt with password and click on “File” menu. Choose “Info” option from the drop down menu.

Step 2. Now; click on “Protect Document” option from the right hand side of the screen.

NOTE: For Word 2007, click on Microsoft Office button, and then select Prepare and then Encrypt Document.

Step 3. On clicking “Protect Document” option, you will get a context menu. select the “Encrypt with Password” option.

Step 4. A dialog box would pop-up labeled as “Encrypt Document”. Enter your password in the empty dialog box and click “Ok”.

Step 5. Now; save your document.

Your word document is password protected. In order to remove the password protection, follow the same steps and simply remove the password from the empty box and then save it.

In case you have found this method a bit trifling, there is another one waiting ahead to help you secure your word document. Continue reading to know what lays ahead in store for you.

Method #2: Password Protect Word Documents with File> Save As

This is another method to password protect your word documents but you don’t need to use any “Protect Document” feature. Rather we would use the usual Save As option to carry out the password protection task. Go through the simple steps enlisted below:

Step 1. Open your word document that you wish to password protect and from the “File” menu, and click “Save As”.

Step 2. In the “Save As” dialog box, click on “Tools” and from the drop down menu select “General options.

Step 3. A new window of “General Options” will appear where you get to see an empty dialog box. Enter your password in the empty box or you can later edit it as per your requirement.

Step 4. Once you have done with this much, click the “Ok” button to finish the task of password protection.

And there you go! So the next time, you would open the word document, it will first ask for the password which clearly indicates that the document is protected and now you can relax without worrying about the security of the document.

Conclusion:

Word documents are the most essential files as it contains mostly everything, like research materials, salary details, personal details, stories, articles, presentations, price details, etc. So it is very much required to keep it under proper safety lest it would create havoc if the document gets misplaced. All the details or data can be turned against you to exploit you with the worst. Thus use the tricks mentioned above in this article to password protect your documents.

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Katia Laine is an associate editor who works at iSeePassword. She writes about Microsoft, Windows, iPhone and Android. You can contact here via Facebook.