Protect your document with a password in Microsoft Word

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By adding a password to your Word documents you add a level of security to your information.

Beware: This is only a very basic protection, if you search the internet, you will find ways to hack this protection.

But for most users, it is a good thing if you want to add a quick protection.

Here is how:

  • Write your document as you normally would
  • Once this is done, click on File->Save As…
  • When the Save As… window pops up, click on Tools->General Options
  • In the window that pops up, simple write the desired password in the text area named Password.
  • Click OK. You will be prompted to retype the password.
  • After that, proceed to save the document as you would normally.

Every time someone tries to view the contents of the document, they will need to enter the password you specified.

This article describes the process for Microsoft Word 2010, other versions may differ.

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