How to Password Protect Word Documents on PC and Mac

It’s a good idea to password lock your Word documents if they contain your personal information. This prevents anyone with access to your computer from seeing your personal information.

Password protected Word documents on PC or Mac

There are many users who prefer writing journals and journals and storing all kinds of personal information in Microsoft Word documents on their PC or Mac instead of using paper journals, journals and notepads.

The downside of this habit is that anyone with access to your computer can open any of your Word documents and start reading your entire journal, journal, or personal information.

Luckily, all versions of Microsoft Office have a built-in feature that allows you to password protect a Word document.

Below are the steps to password protect Microsoft Word documents in Office 2007, 2010, 2013 and 2016 on both PC and Mac.

Important: Make sure you remember the password you set, or keep it in a safe place.

Password protection for Word documents in Office 2013 and 2016 on PC

Creating a password for Word documents in Office 2013 and 2016 on PC is a very straightforward and easy process.

1. open that Word file that you want to protect with a password

2. Once the Word document is open, click the file option located in the top left corner of your screen.

File option in Word 2016

3. On the next screen, click The information from the left menu if you are not already on the About screen.

About tab in Word 2016

4. Then click on protect document (See picture above)

5. From the following drop-down list, click Encrypt with password possibility

Password protection Word 2016

6. Next you will see a popup, enter the password for the Word document and click OK. In the next pop-up window, re-enter the password and click OK Once again.

Enter the password in Word 2016

7. Now close the Word document and click on the popup Save on computerto save the changes you just made

From now on, anyone who tries to open this Word document will have to enter a password to view the Word document.

Password protect Word documents in Office 2013 and 2016 on Mac

The procedure to password protect a Word document in Office 2013 and 2016 on Mac is different from the procedure on a PC.

1. On your Mac, open the Word file that you want to protect with a password

2. Once the document is open, click review Tab above (see image below)

Check Word document on Mac

3. Then click on protect document (See image below)

Option to protect Word documents on Mac

4. The next screen gives you the option to set a password to open the document and a password to modify the document. You can enter the password in either or both fields and click OK.

Enter the password in Word 2016 for Mac

5. Next you will see a popup, rent yours password and click OK to save your password.

From now on, every time you try to open this Word document, you or someone else will be prompted for a password.

Password protection for Word documents in Office 2007 and 2010

The process of password protecting Word documents in Office 2007 and 2010 is completely different from Office 2013 and 2016.

1. open that Word file that you want to protect with a password.

2. Then click on the office iconis in the upper left corner

Password protection for Word 2007 and 2010

3. Hover your mouse over the drop-down menu Prepare option and then click Encrypt document (See picture above)

4. In the pop-up window, type a password for your Word document

Enter the password in Word

5. At the next popup renter the password.

6. After setting a password, click x icon and then click on the popup Save on computer to save your password.

Remove password from Word document in Office 2013 and 2016

If you no longer want to protect your Word document with a password, you can remove the password.

1. Open the Word document you want to remove the password from and click File > Info > Protect Document

About tab in Word 2016

2. From the drop-down menu, click Encrypt with Password

Password protection Word 2016

3. In the pop-up window, delete the current password and click Ok

Remove password in Word 2016

4. Now close the Word document and click Save to remove the password.

If you are a Mac user, you can also remove the password from the Word document in case you no longer need it.

1. Open the Word document you want to remove the password from and click the Verify tab

Check Word document option on Mac

2. Then click Protect Document.

Option to protect Word documents on Mac

3. On the next screen, delete the password in the password field and click OK to save the changes

Remove Word 2016 Password on Mac

Remove password from Word document in Office 2007 and 2010

If you want to remove password from Word document, follow the steps below.

1. open that Word file from which you want to remove the password

2. Click on that office iconlocated in the top left corner of your screen.

Password protection for Word 2007 and 2010

3. Next, hover over it with your mouse Prepare option and click Encrypt document (See picture above)

4. from the popup, Clear the password and click OK

Enter the password in Word 2016

5. now close the Word document and click Save on computer to remove the password

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