[How-To] Password Protect your Word and Excel Files

If you are of one of those who creates Microsoft Word document and Microsoft Excel spreadsheets, and intend to password protect them either for view or modifications, this post will be of interest to you.

In this post, we will learn about a simple hack using which you can password protect your Microsoft Word documents and Microsoft Excel spreadsheets. This definitely lets you add a first level of security to your files, but, also have in the back of your mind that there are multiple tools available on the internet to break such passwords.

In order to Password protect your Microsoft Word documents or Microsoft Excel Spreadsheets, follow the process below.

1.) Create your Word or Spreadsheet file.

2.) Once you are ready to Save the file, Click on the “Save As”  under the File menu. 

3.) In the Save As dialog which appears next, click on Tools. 

Password Protecting documents

Password Protecting documents

4.) If you are trying to password protect a Word Document, click on the menu item which says ” Security Options”. If you are working on a spreadsheet and wish to password protect it, click on the menu item which says ” General Options”.

Enter the Password to open and modify the document

Enter the Password to open and modify the document


Password Protecting Spreadsheets

Password Protecting Spreadsheets

5.) The next dialog asks you to enter the Password for Opening the document or spreadsheet and also for Modifying it. Click on Ok once done.

6.) You will be asked to re-enter the passwords as a confirmation step.

7.) Bingo… you are done. Save the file and the next time  you open it, a dialog will welcome you with a prompt to enter the password to open and modify the file.

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