For Your Eyes Only – Microsoft Word

A  person came to me today with a  Word document that contained some sensitive information. This person did not want anyone else to see the information in this document. She asked me was there a way to put a password on the file so that the only way to open the file was if you supplied the correct password. I replied, “sure, that’s easy.”


Note: Please be careful and make sure you remember the password you use. These steps are for Word 2007. The only difference if you are using Word 2010 is, you click on the word File instead of the orange Office button.

  • Open the file you want to add a password to.
  • Click on the orange Office button at the top left.
  • Click Save As.
  • The Save As dialog window should open.
  • Click the Tools icon located at the bottom left of the Save As window.
  • Click General Options.
  • Type in your password in the box next to “Password to open.”
  • Click OK.
  • Type in the same exact password again.
  • Click OK.
  • Click Save.
  • Now, close your document.
  • Open your document.


You should be prompted for a password.


Happy & Safe Computing,



John L. Jones

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