How to protect Word file with a password

You can use Microsoft Word to write whatever you want, from articles, books, notes, just to name a few. Sometimes, you might be working on something you don’t want others to have access to. Let’s say you are working on a confidential document in your firm, and your colleagues have access to your PC. If the document you are working on is not protected, someone can access it with ease, open it, and read its content. Is there a way to prevent this and protect the document in some way? The answer is yes. We are going to show you how to protect Word file with a password. Steps for that are pretty simple and are listed below.

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How to protect Word file with a password

As we mentioned, when you are working on something you don’t want others to see, you can simply protect your file with a password. If you have never done it before, don’t worry, it’s super simple and requires just a couple of seconds of your time. Here are the steps:

  • When you are working on a word file, and want to protect it, click on File in the top-left corner of the screen
  • Next, click Protect Document

  • In the menu, choose “Encrypt with password”
  • In the pop-up window, enter the password you want (it can be pretty long)
  • Click OK
  • Now reenter your password
  • When you are done, click OK.

Your document is now password protected. Of course, make sure you don’t forget the password because if you do, you won’t be able to access the document.

To remove the password, click on File > Encrypt with password > Clear the field for the password, and click OK. That’s it. You have removed the password.