Change the password of a document

To change a document's password, you first need to open it with the original password. Once it's open, give it a new password.

  1. Open the document and enter the original password.

  2. Click File > Info > Protect Document > Encrypt with Password.

    Password-protect your document

  3. In the Encrypt Document box, type a password, and then click OK.

  4. In the Confirm Password box, type the password again, and then click OK.

Note:  You can also completely remove a password.


  • Passwords are case-sensitive. Make sure that the Caps Lock key is turned off when you enter a password for the first time.

  • If you lose or forget a password, Word cannot recover your data so it might be a good idea to keep a copy of your password in a safe place or create one that you can easily remember.

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