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Password Protect Your Microsoft Word / Excel / Access / PPT

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These days when all personal data is stored on cloud there is every possibility that the cloud storage provider can get hacked and your personal data may get into hands of wrong people. In such times when your personal data is vulnerable you might want to add some extra security to your private and important files by adding your own encryption to them. In this article we are going to tell you how you can encrypt Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint and other Microsoft document.

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Let's get started!

(Go to the end of the post to watch the video tutorial instead.)

Password protect your Microsoft documents:

Method 1:


Step 1: Open the document you want to encrypt in the respective Microsoft application (Word, Excel, etc.,). 

If you haven't created the document yet then open the respective application and enter your data in it and then save the file.

Step 2: Click on the office button on the left top corner and place the cursor on 'Prepare' then select 'Encrypt Document' from the available list of options.



You can also select 'Restrict permission' to allow readers to only be able to read the document but they cannot make any copies of the file by printing the document.

Step 3: In the newly opened 'Encrypt Document' Window enter your password and then click 'Ok' then re-enter your password and click 'Ok'.



That's it your file is now encrypted. Even if you make copies of the file the encryption will also be copied. The file can never read without entering the right password.

Note: You will not be able to access your file if you forget the password. So make sure to write down the password somewhere safe.

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Method 2: 

Step 1: Open the document you want to encrypt in the respective Microsoft application (Word, Excel, etc.,). 

If you haven't created the document yet then open the respective application and enter your data in it.

Step 2: Then click on the office button on the top left corner and click on 'Save as'.



Step 3: In the newly opened window click on 'Tools' near the save button and select 'General options' from the dropdown list.



Step 4: In 'Password to open' enter the password you want to encrypt the document with.
If you wish to restrict the permissions to the document then you can enter another (recommended) password. Then click on 'Ok'.



Step 5: Now give a name to the document and click 'Save'.

That's it your file is now encrypted.

Note: You will not be able to access your file if you forget the password. So make sure to write down the password somewhere safe.

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