Microsoft Word documents can often hold personal or important information. A normal Word document can be opened by anyone with a copy of that document, however, so you may decide to add some protection to a document in Word 2013 if it contains particularly sensitive information.
Word 2013 includes a tool that allows you to encrypt a document with a password of your choosing. Our guide below will show you where to find this tool so that you can add password protection to your documents.
Password Protecting a Document in Word 2013
The steps in the article below will show you how to add a password to a document in Microsoft Word 2013. Once you have added the password, you will need to save the document for the password to take effect. The next time you open the document, you will be prompted for the password that you will create in the steps below.
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Here is how to password protect a document in Word 2013 –
- Open the document in Word 2013.
- Click File at the top-left corner of the window.
- Click the Info tab at the left side of the window, click Protect Document, then click Encrypt with Password.
- Enter the password that you want to use.
- re-enter the password to confirm it.
- Click the Save option at the left side of the window to save the document with the password.
These steps are also shown below with pictures –
Step 1: Open your document in Word 2013.
Step 2: Click the File tab at the top-left corner of the window.
Step 3: Click the Info tab at the left side of the window, click the Protect Document button, then click Encrypt with Password.
Step 4: Type the password that you want to use, then click the OK button.
Step 5: Type the same password again, then click the OK button.
Step 6: Click the Save option at the left side of the window to save the document.
Now you can close your document, and the next time you open it, you should be prompted with a password dialog box like the one shown below.
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