How To Protect Microsoft Word Document With A Password

In certain situations, we need to write a text whose contents do not wish to reveal openly. Is some important information of a company or just a personal document, sometimes you may want to protect the document in any way against unauthorized access.

Fortunately Microsoft thought this need and offers the Office suite of software functionality the encryption of documents with password to prevent other users from opening and / or edit your text documents.
If you want to use this protection in your text documents, this is the procedure to use this feature. But be very careful not to forget your password, because Word does not offer the possibility to recover it in case of loss or forgetfulness.


The following tutorial was pro
duced using Word 2010, but is also valid for versions 2007 and 2013 of Microsoft word processor.

Creating A Password For The Document

Step 1:  With your document ready, click the “File” menu:

Step 2:  Click the “Information” menu on the left. On the right screen, click the “Protect Document” and then on “Encrypt with Password”:

Step 3:  The Word prompts to create a password. Create it, click “OK”, repeat it and click “OK” again:

After creating the password Word will save the document if it has not already been saved. From now on, whenever the encrypted document is opened, it will ask for the password that was created before showing its contents.

That way your document will be protected from unauthorized access.

Disabling the password

To remove the password for the document, open it, enter the password you created to allow access and repeat steps 1 and 2 described above. In the input box password, simply delete it and leave the field blank. Click “OK” and the password is disabled, allowing access to the document normally. Word saves the document to consolidate the change.

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