If you want to know how to password protect in Excel 2013, then you are likely working on a spreadsheet file that contains a lot of sensitive information. Whether it is financial data about your place of employment, or a table of data that contains personal information, there are a number of reasons why you might want to protect Excel data from prying eyes.
The most effective method of securing the data in your Excel workbook is to simply password protect the entire file. This will ensure that anyone who comes into possession of the file will need to correctly enter a password before they can view or edit of the information contained within any of the worksheets.
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Require a Password to Open an Excel 2013 Document
The steps below will teach you how to completely password protect a document in Microsoft Excel 2013. Anyone that wants to open the file will need to know the password in order to view it.
Step 1: Open the Excel file that you want to password protect.
Step 2: Click the green File tab at the top-left corner of the window.
Step 3: Click the Info option at the top-left of the column on the left side of the screen.
Step 4: Click the Protect Workbook button, then click the Encrypt with Password option.
Step 5: Type the password into the field at the center of the window, then click the OK button.
Step 6: Re-type the password into the center field, then click the OK button again to confirm the password.
Make sure to save the spreadsheet after changing this setting. The next time you attempt to open your Excel file, you will be presented with a password prompt that you will need to complete before you can begin viewing or editing your file.
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