To protect the content of your Microsoft Word documents, add password protection to them. Doing so prompts the user to enter the password each time the document is opened. We’ll show you how to do it using a built-in function of Word.
Later, you can unprotect your document by removing the password protection, if you wish.
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Encrypt a Word document with a password
To start protecting your document with a password, open your document with Microsoft Word on your computer.
When your document opens, in the upper left corner of Word, click “File.”
In the left sidebar, select “Information”.
In the right pane, click Protect Document > Encrypt with Password.
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An “Encrypt Document” box will open. Here, click on the “Password” field and type the password you want to use to protect your document. Then click “OK.”
Note: Keep your password in a safe place, like a password manager, as you won’t be able to open your document without it.
In the “Confirm Password” box, click the “Re-enter Password” field and type the same password. Then select “OK”.
Save your changes by clicking “Save” on the left sidebar of Word.
And that is. Your Word document is now protected and you will be prompted to enter your password each time you try to open the document.
In the future, if you want to remove the password, you can do it easily. Simply open your document with Microsoft Word, choose File > Info > Protect Document > Encrypt with Password. Clear the contents of the “Password” field and click “OK.” Then choose “Save” on the left sidebar.
And that’s how you make sure your confidential Word documents are only accessible to you and authorized users.
Did you know that you can protect parts of a Word document instead of protecting the entire document? Read our guide to learn how to do it.
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