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Do you want to secure your Word document to prevent others from reading/editing or accessing it?

In this tutorial, you will learn how to protect your Microsoft Word document using 3 simple tips.

Let’s go!

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Secure Your Word Documents with 3 Simple Tricks

Mark the Document as Final

Go to “Info“, click on “Protect Document” and choose “Mark as Final“.

This is the lightest security there is when it comes to protecting and preventing users from editing your Word document but they can edit it anyway.

Protect Microsoft Word Document Access Restrict Password Encrypt 1 Info Mark Final

Click “OK” to confirm.

Protect Microsoft Word Document Access Restrict Password Encrypt 2 Confirm Final Mark

When you open your Word document you will get a message “MARKED AS FINAL“, but you can edit it anyways by clicking in the button.

Protect Microsoft Word Document Access Restrict Password Encrypt 3 Edit Anyway

Encrypt a Word Document with a Password

The best way to prevent others from accessing your Word document is by clicking on “Encrypt with Password” on the Info page.

Protect Microsoft Word Document Access Restrict Password Encrypt 4 Encrypt Password

Type in a secure password, click “OK“.

Protect Microsoft Word Document Access Restrict Password Encrypt 5 Encrypt Password

Confirm the password.

Protect Microsoft Word Document Access Restrict Password Encrypt 6 Encrypt Password

Next time you open this Word document you will be prompted to enter the password.

Protect Microsoft Word Document Access Restrict Password Encrypt 7 Password

Restrict Access to Word Documents (Best for Fill Forms)

First, start by adding the “Developer” tab to the Ribbon in Word Options.

Protect Microsoft Word Document Access Restrict Password Encrypt 8 Options Ribbon Developer

Choose “Restrict Editing” in the Info Protect Document section.

Protect Microsoft Word Document Access Restrict Password Encrypt 9 Restrict Access

Check “Allow only this type of editing in the document” and choose “Filling in forms“.

Click “Yes, Start Enforcing Protection“.

Protect Microsoft Word Document Access Restrict Password Encrypt 9 Restrict Access Fill Form

Enter a password, confirm it, and click “OK“.

Protect Microsoft Word Document Access Restrict Password Encrypt 10 Start Encryption Password

Now you have a Word document that is only form fillable.

Protect Microsoft Word Document Access Restrict Password Encrypt 11 Fill Form

There you have it!

You just learned how to secure/protect your word documents.

If you have any questions feel free to leave a comment below.

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