We all use Microsoft word (well most of us) to create documents. There are times when you may not want other people to access your documents, specially so when you are on a shared computer. How do you password protect your Private/sensitive word document ? Has it ever occurred to you that all those documents (sensitive) stored in your Laptop or in any external storage device are safe? If you have stored important or sensitive documents in your Laptop or desktop and need to protect, than you need to password protect your documents, so that nobody can open those documents without a password.
Microsoft Office applications Word, Excel and PowerPoint has this facility to help users to password protect and prevent the files from unauthorized access by providing the feature of “Encrypt with Password”, which allows users to make their files password protected.
So how do we do we password protect word documents. This tutorial is based on Word 2007, but the procedure is almost the same in word 2010 also.
Open the word document that you want to password protect. In Microsoft word click on the the “Office” button than “Prepare” than on “Encrypt Document” as shown below.
You will get this option, here enter your password for your document
STEP 3 :
Click on “OK” , you will get another prompt to re-enter your password , do so by entering the same password you entered earlier and than click on OK.
Than save your Document or press Ctrl+S to save the documents. Your Document is now password protected, and can be opened only after entering the password, which only you know. If any one tries to open the password protected document he will be prompted to enter the password as shown below.
HOW TO REMOVE PASSWORD FROM A WORD DOCUMENT.
If you ever want to remove the Password from the Word Document, than open the Document, it will ask for the password , Enter the password. Now again click on the “Office” button than “ Prepare” than “Encrypt Document”.
You will get the following window with your password already in, just remove the password from the password field and than click on “OK” button than press Ctrl+S to save the Document.
Now your Word Document is password free.
Was this helpful ? With this simple trick you can easily password protect your important and sensitive document.
Posted By: Ben Jamir