How to Password Protect a Microsoft Office 97/2002/2003/2007 Document

It is very simple to password protect a document in Microsoft Office. Providing you use a good password; at least 8 characthers, a mixture of upper case, lower case, numbers and symbols) your document will be relativley secure.

Please see an earlier blog post How Strong is you password? for more information.

Password Protecting a Microsoft Office 97/2002/2003 Document

Tools > Options > Security

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Password Protecting a Microsoft Office 2007 Document

Save As > Tools > General Options

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Microsoft-Office 2007 Password Protect-General options