Password Protect Your Office Documents

Question

How can I protect private Microsoft Office documents?

Answer

This question was answered on September 2, 2005. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

We won’t bother cluttering up this tip with a bunch of talk You’re here to learn how to password-protect your Microsoft Office documents (I hope); so, here’s how it’s done:

Microsoft Word XP and 2003

1. Open the Word document you wish to protect Go to File and click Save As.

2. Click the Tools drop-down menu in the upper right-hand corner of the dialog box.

3. Click Security Options (for Word 2000 users, click General Options instead) and then enter a password for the Password to open and Password to modify boxes.

4. Click OK to save the new settings.

Microsoft Excel XP and 2003

1. Open the Excel document you wish to protect Go to File and click Save As.

2. Click the Tools drop-down menu in the upper right-hand corner of the dialog box.

3. Click General Options and enter a password for the Password to open and Password to modify boxes.

4. Click OK to save the new settings.

One last word of advice: DON’T FORGET YOUR PASSWORD Cheers!

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Posted by Chad of Data Doctors on September 2, 2005