There are many reasons you might want to put password protection on a Word document. Maybe the document contains sensitive information, or maybe you’re a writer that doesn’t want your latest novel read before it’s finished. Whatever the reason, password protecting a Word document on a PC or a Mac is very easy.

 

Password protection in Word for Mac is on the “tools” menu. Click “Protect Document” and you will be presented with a few options for protecting the document at different levels, as well as the opportunity to create a password for the document. That’s all there is to it. Now you’ve got a document that can only be opened with the password you’ve created. There is a slightly different method for creating a password in Word on a PC.

 

If you want to password protect a Word document on a PC, follow these steps:

 

1. Open Microsoft Word document. Double-click the Word document you want to protect with a password.


2. Click File. It's in the upper-left corner of the Word window.


3. Click the Info tab.


4. Click Protect Document.


5. Click Encrypt with Password.


6. Enter a password.


7. Click OK.


8. Re-enter the password and click OK.

You can also restrict permission in a Word for Mac file. Go to the “File” menu and choose “Restrict Permissions.” Here you can manage credentials and dictate what can or can’t be done to a document.

Learning how to password protect a Word document is easy. For whatever reason you need to password protect your document, choose one of the methods above (Mac or PC) and keep your documents safe.