Word 2007: Password Protect Your Document File

How to set your document so that a password is required to view or modify it.

1. Click the Microsoft Office Button, and then click Save As.

2. Click Tools, and then click General Options.

3. You can type a password in Password to open or Password to modify.

4. Click OK.

5. When prompted, retype your passwords to confirm them, and click OK.

6. Click Save.


  1. Sada says

    please find below options

    1 ) Got office button — > Goto Prepare button — > Encrypt Document

    then give password…

  2. Mitch says

    You can rename the file with a .txt extension or perhaps zipping the file with WinZip will work.

  3. Cam says

    I have encrypted my document using “Prepare”, then “encrypt document”, entered a password, repeated the password, saved the document, tested it out by closing and reopening it. That all works fine. Now, I tried sending it over hotmail and it won’t upload because Hotmail says it has an error in it and it can’t be checked for viruses. What should I do folks?

  4. Chad says

    Go to review tab and click protect document (can be pin to task bar) enter password, re-enter password document now can not be edited


    Simply Click on the Windows button where normal save options are listed, then Under Print you can see
    PREPARE —> select ENCRYPTION —> Type password and retype it there you go MicrosoftWord 2007 & 2010 is PASSWORD protected….

    Being SIMPLE is really COMPLEX

  6. manivannn says

    For Word 2007 it is wrong, click on the office button(top left corner) go to prepare and then click on encrypt document put password for two times

  7. Jeeva says

    This works for the new files that we save but how do we protect a PPT presentation or Excel documents that are already existing?

  8. Cathy says

    I am trying to do this in Windows 7 and it does not give me the option to password modify nor does it give me the option to read only. help

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