Word 2010: Password Protect Document File

Password protect your Microsoft Word 2010 document. You can prevent people from viewing or modifying documents unless they have a password with these steps.

1. Click the Save option in the upper-left corner (disk). If you’ve already saved the file, you will need to click File >┬áSave As…

2. Click the Tools menu in the lower-right corner of the window. Select General Options…

Word 2010 General Options selection on Save menu

3. Enter a Password to open or Password to modify or both. Click OK when done.

Word 2010 setting password on document

4.  Retype the password(s) when prompted. Click OK.

Word 2010 confirm set password on document

5. Click Save.


  1. Karel says

    Well, all works, just to the point that opening the word document simply does not ask for the entered password. Do I have a virus or something?

  2. Richard George says

    This does not work for Microsoft WORD 2007 under VISTA.
    For WORD 2007 under VISTA you have, whilst the document is opened in WORD:
    – click on office button (top left hand corner of screen)
    – click on ‘Prepare’
    – select ‘encrypt document’
    – and then follow the obvious instructions to add a password the the WORD doc.
    The next time you try to open this document you will be asked for the password.

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