How to Password-Protect a Word 2007 File
Microsoft Word 2007 is a user-friendly word processing program that allows easy access to documents and enables you to modify text size, font, and security features. If you wish added protection for a Word 2007 document, you can password-protect it by clicking on the options provided in the Word document and keeping a record of the password you have chosen.
Open a Word file.
Click on the Microsoft Office icon at the top-left corner of your screen. From the menu that appears, choose "Prepare".
Click on "Encrypt Document". A dialog box will appear that asks you to choose a password for the document. Enter your password and enter it again to confirm it.
Make note of your password. The password is not recoverable, so if you forget the password and do not have it written down, the document will remain locked.
Tips & Warnings
- If you wish to change your document password, simply open the document with the old password, and repeat the tasks outlined in Steps 1 through 4. Your old password will appear in the dialog box as the default password, but you need only to delete it and enter a new password in order to change it.