Word 2013 & 2010: Password Protect Document File

Password protect your Microsoft Word 2013 or 2010 document. You can prevent people from viewing or modifying documents unless they have a password with these steps.

Option 1

  1. With the document you wish to password protect open, select “File” > “Info“.
  2. Select the “Protect Document” option (icon with a lock)
  3. Choose “Encrypt with password“.
    Word Password Protect
  4. Type the password you wish to use, then select “OK“.
  5. Type the password again, then select “OK“.

Save the file in the docx format. It will then be password protected.

Option 2

  1. Select the “Save” option in the upper-left corner (disk). If you’ve already saved the file, you will need to select “File” > “Save As…
  2. Select “Browse“.
  3. Select the “Tools” menu in the lower-right corner of the window, and choose “General Options…
    Word 2010 General Options selection on Save menu
  4. Enter a “Password to open” or “Password to modify“, or both. Select “OK” when done.
    Word 2010 setting password on document
  5.  Retype the password(s) when prompted. Select “OK“.
    Word 2010 confirm set password on document
  6. Choose “Save“, and you’re done.


How do I remove the password from the file?

Open the file, type the required password, then go to “File” > “Info” > “Protect Document” > “Encrypt with password“, then simply remove the password and click “OK“. Be sure to save the file, and it will not require a password the next time it is opened.

My email system won’t allow me to send this file. What do I do?

Try to zip the file using Winzip or WinRAR, then send the zipped file via email.

I have set encryption, but when I open the document again, it isn’t prompting me for a password. Why?

You probably saved the file in a format that supports encryption like Rich Text Format (RTF). Save the file as “Word Document (*.docx)“.

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