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.

  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 the “Tools” menu in the lower-right corner of the window, and choose “General Options…
    Word 2010 General Options selection on Save menu
  3. Enter a “Password to open” or “Password to modify“, or both. Select “OK” when done.
    Word 2010 setting password on document
  4.  Retype the password(s) when prompted. Select “OK“.
    Word 2010 confirm set password on document
  5. Choose “Save“, and you’re done.

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