How to Encrypt a Microsoft Word Document

As we all know, Microsoft Word is a word processor to create documents, articles and fulfills all other typing purposes in Microsoft Suite. Microsoft Word is a word processor which almost everyone uses in their daily life to create documents, whether general or confidential. In this digital world, from computer to mobile phones, everything needs a protection code restricting others to get unauthorized access. Similarly, Microsoft Word in Office 365 also offers the password protection service to keep the data in the document safe. There are different ways to put a password on a Word document. You choose which method is comfortable for you to follow.

Here, how to put a password on a Microsoft Word Document

  1. Open the document you want protect
  2. Go to the toolbar and open File menu
  3. Go to Save As and click the option
  4. From the dialog box, click Tools from the left side of Save button
  5. Click General Options from the drop-down menu
  6. Now, a new box asking to type password is opened
  7. Enter a password in the column
  8. Click Ok to set the password

There is another way to password protect your document. Let see how does it works

  1. Open the document to protect
  2. Click on File to open the menu
  3. Now, choose Info from the menu

For Word 2007, go to Prepare and click Encrypt Document

  1. From the right panel, click Protect Document
  2. Now, select Encrypt with Password
  3. A box will open saying Encrypt Document
  4. Enter the password and click Ok
  5. Save your document

When you open the same document next time, Microsoft Word will ask you the password. If you type a wrong password, the document will not open.

If you wish to remove the password, then don’t worry. Follow the same steps and remove the password from the box and save it. The password is no more required to open the document again.

Devin Smith is a Microsoft Office expert and has been working in the technical industry since 2002. As a technical expert, Devin has written technical blogs, manuals, white papers, and reviews for many websites such as

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