How to password protect your Word documents?

You have numerous documents in your PC or laptop. Whether you alone access your system or share it with others, at all times you don’t want others to access your documents without your permission.

You can password protect your documents and have peace of mind that nobody can see your documents unless you want them to do so.

The method to set passwords for Word 2007 and Word 2010 is different.

Setting password for Word 2010:

1. Click the File tab.
2. Click Info.
3. Click Protect Document, and then click Encrypt with Password.
4. In the Encrypt Document box, type a password, and then click OK.
5. In the Confirm Password box, type the password again, and then click OK.

Word 2010


Setting password for Word 2007:

  1. Click the Microsoft Office Button Button image, point to Prepare, and then click Encrypt Document.
  2. In the Encrypt Document dialog box, in the Password box, type a password, and then click OK.
  3. You can type up to 255 characters. By default, this feature uses AES 128-bit advanced encryption. Encryption is a standard method used to help make your file more secure.
  4. In the Confirm Password dialog box, in the Reenter password box, type the password again, and then click OK.
  5. To save the password, save the file.

Word 2007

Note that Windows can never recover your password. Hence if you forget your password you will never be able to open the document.

Article Courtesy:

Sara Ali

Sara Ali

I am a bubbly young woman Sara Ali. I love and enjoy life to the fullest. I am network programmer and tech enthusiast. I love writing and keep exploring the unknown. I am the technical editor of VirginWords and brain behind this multi-author blog.
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