Password protect a document

You can protect a document by using a password to help prevent unauthorized access.

  1. Click the File tab.
  1. Click Info.
  2. Click Protect Document, and then click Encrypt with Password.
  3. In the Encrypt Document box, type a password, and then click OK.
  4. In the Confirm Password box, type the password again, and then click OK.


  • Passwords are case-sensitive. Make sure that the CAPS LOCK key is turned off when you enter a password for the first time.
  • If you lose or forget a password, Word cannot recover your data.

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Applies to:
Word 2010