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Microsoft Office 2016/2013 certainly facilitates password protection for your important documents such as Word, PowerPoint and Excel. You can prevent your documents, workbooks and presentations from being manipulated. In this tutorial we will learn how to protect Office documents with password and authorization.
Password protection for Office documents
Open the Word document you want to password protect and click the’File’ option. On the right side you see the option’Protect document’.
Click on the option and you will find new options marked below
- Mark as final
- Encrypt with password
- Restrict editing
- Restrict approval by persons
- Add digital signature
We are particularly interested in protecting the document with a password of your choice, d. h. encryption with a password. Select the second option from the list above.
The Encrypt Document dialog box appears. In the Password field, enter a password. Remember, if you do not remember the password, Microsoft will not be able to recover the lost or forgotten password, so keep a list of your passwords and corresponding file names in a safe place.
Choose a secure password, then OK.
Enter the desired password again in the Confirm Password window and click OK.
You now see the new permissions required.
Hope that helps !
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If you need enhanced protection for your files and folders, you can try one of these free file encryption software for Windows.