Word - Password Protect a Document

Modified on Tue, 23 Jan 2024 at 04:38 PM

This article will explain how to password protect a Word Document. 


IF YOU LOSE THE PASSWORD, THERE MAY NOT BE A WAY OF RECOVERING THE DOCUMENT. PLEASE USE WITH CAUTION!


1) Open your Word Document within the desktop application. (This is not currently a function within Word Online)


2)  Select 'File' from the top left to open the Word menu.


3) Select 'Info' from the left menu and then select 'Protect Document'.



4) You can now see a range of options to protect your document with, some of which you may wish to try. Select 'Encrypt with Password'.


5) You should then enter the encryption password and enter it again to confirm.


6) Your document is now protected. If you ever need to remove the encryption you should follow this same process again, except when it asks you to enter a password you should leave the box blank and click 'OK'.

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