Techie Tip of the Week: Require a Password to Open MS Office Documents

By adding password protection to an MS Office document, you will help prevent people from gaining access the document unless they knows the password. Don’t lose the password — if you misplace or forget it, YOU  will be unable to open the file!

To make an MS Office document password protected:

  1. Open the file.
  2. In Office 2003, on the Tools menu, point to Options, and then click Security.
    In Office 2007, click the Office button, then click Prepare, and then click Encrypt Document.
    In Office 2010, click the File button, then click Info, then click Protect Document, and then click Encrypt Document.
    In Office 2004, on the File menu, click Save As, then click Options, and then Security.
    In Office 2008 or Office 2011, on the File menu, click Save As, then click Options, click Show All, and then Security.
  3. In the Password to open dialog box, enter a password, and then click OK.
  4. In the Reenter password to open dialog box, enter the password again, and then click OK.

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