Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Another way to restrict which users can open or modify a document is to encrypt the
document and use password protection. Encrypting a document encodes it so that it will
be unreadable to those who don’t have the password. When you encrypt the file, users
must enter a password before they can open or change the document. Standard passwords
in Word are case-sensitive. They can be up to 15 characters long, and they can contain
any combination of letters, numerals, spaces, and symbols. Here’s how to encrypt your
1. Open the document you want to protect.
2. On the File tab, click Protect Document.
The Protect Document list appears, as shown in Figure 20-5.
Figure 20-5 On the File tab, click Protect Document to display security options in Word.
3. Click Encrypt With Password.
The Encrypt Document dialog box appears, as shown in Figure 20-6.
Figure 20-6 The Encrypt Document dialog box is where you can add a password to
protect your document
4. Type the password for your document.