Password protect a document

Help protect a sensitive or confidential document from unwanted edits by assigning a password. You can also prevent a document from being opened.

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

Password-protect your document

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

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

Notes: 

  • You can always change or remove your 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 can’t recover your information, so keep a copy of your password in a safe place or create a strong password that you’ll remember.

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