How to Secure a Word Document

By Faith Lawless

Securing Word documents is a very easy process. If you are sending Word documents via the internet to another company, then you should ensure they are secured before sending them. Follow these easy steps to find out how.

Things You'll Need

  • Microsoft Word
  • Word Documents

Step 1

Turn on your computer and open Microsoft Word.

Step 2

Find or create a Word document that you need to secure. Click on "Tools" in the toolbar and select "Protect Document."

Step 3

In the Protect Document Pane, place a check in the box on number 2 (Allow only this type of editing in the document).

Step 4

Select an option from the pull-down menu. Unless you want the recipient to alter your document, choose either "Comments" or "No Changes." Choosing one of these two options also give you the chance to enter exceptions to this rule in the box below the pull-down menu.

Step 5

Next, click on the "Yes, Start Enforcing Protection" button, which will open a new dialog box.

Step 6

Make sure "Password" is selected. If you want the recipient to be able to remove the protection, a password should be entered in the new password boxes. Remember, by setting a new password, the recipient needs the password in order to be able to remove the protection that you placed on the Word document. Click "OK" when finished.