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06 Feb, 2011

Solution: Password protect Microsoft Words document

Posted by: mynag In: Solutions & Tips|Windows

For those of us who do not have the luxury of owning our own personal computer, like many of us, we might shared our computer or laptop at home with our family members, but you still want some privacy and a need to find a way keep it some of your documents private, like a secret love letter from a secret admirer maybe?

One of the best method is to keep your documents in the private “My documents”. But that is only useful if you have your own login account and not using a shared login.  That is because any files whether they are videos, documents, images stored in your personal “My documents” are only accessible by you ( AND THE ADMINISTRATOR! ). So, it is not exactly private unless you are the administrator yourself.

But here is what you can do to protect your microsoft word document from prying eyes. It’s easy, all you need to do is to use the password protect feature in Microsoft Word to prevent other sneaky people from reading your document without your permission.

Here’s a step by step solution for (Microsoft Office 2003 and below). For Office or Word 2007 and above click here.

  1. Open the word document that you wish to password protect.
  2. On the menu at the top Click on File > Save As
  3. Click on <TOOLS> on the right corner at the <SAVE AS> dialog box.

  4. Click on <Security Options>. The following dialog box will appearAt the File encryption options for this document, key in the your desired password that will be required to open the file to read.If you also wish to protect the word document from being modified, you may also enter another different password at the Passwords to modify textbox. Or you could just leave them blank if you only need one password to prevent reading and writing.
  5. Click on Protect Document to confirm and save the document to complete the process.

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