How to Password-Protect Word Documents on Windows?

Microsoft’s uber-popular writing and documenting app MS Word has come a long way since it was released way back in 1983. The Redmond giant has never stopped improving Word over the years, and now the app, which is a part of the MS Office bundle, comes with useful writing and editing features.

Keeping these features aside, I think one of the most underrated features that MS Word offers is the ability to password-protect documents. It is a very handy feature for those who use Word to work on confidential documents and store them.

So, in this article, I am going to tell you all about password-protecting a Word document on Windows 11. I will provide step-by-step guides to enable and disable password protection for specific Word documents in MS Office on Windows 11. Read on till the end.

Here’s How You Can Password-Protect Word Documents on Windows 11

Now, below I have provided the steps to add password protection to Word documents as well as steps to remove it. However, before I move on to them, there are a few important things that you should know.

Things to Keep in Mind Before Password Protecting Word Documents

It is worth mentioning that once you add a password to a document, you will need that password to open the document and disable password protection if needed.

And as Microsoft does not store your password(s) for Word document(s), if you forget the password in the future, there is no way to retrieve the document or disable the feature for it. 

Hence, when you set a password for a Word document, write it down on a personal note or store it somewhere secure where you will be able to access it when needed.

Now, with these out of the way, let’s get into the steps.

How to Enable Password Protection for Word Documents?

To password-protect a Word document on Windows 11:

Step 1. Open the Word document that you want to password-protect.

Step 2. Click on the “File” option on the top menu bar.

word file button

Step 3. Now, click on the “Info” button on the side-navigation bar.

Step 4. Here, click on the “Protect Document” button.

protect document

Step 5. Now, click the “Encrypt with Password” option.

Encryption

Step 6. Enter your desired password.

Step 7. Confirm it by re-entering the same password and click the “OK” button.

Encryption on word

Step 8. After enabling password protection, you must click the “Save” button on the sidebar to save your action. If you close the document without saving it at this stage, your document will remain unprotected.

Save button on microsoft word

So this way, you can easily enable password protection for specific Word documents on Windows 11. Now, when you open the Word document after closing it, you will be required to put the password to view or edit it.

Enter password window on word

How to Disable Password Protection for Word Documents?

Now, if you want to disable the password-protection feature for a Word document for which you enabled the feature previously, it is as easy as enabling it. Simply, follow the steps below.

Step 1. Open the Word document by putting in the password for it.

Step 2. Go to the “File” option from the top menu.

word file button

Step 3. Then go to the “Info” section.

protect document

Step 4. Now, click the “Protect Document” option, which should already be highlighted.

protect document

Step 5. Click the “Encrypt with Password” option on the context menu.

Encryption

Step 6. Clear the previous password in the text field.

Disabled password

Step 7. Click the “OK” button on the dialog box to disable password protection for the said Word document.

Step 8. Save the changes for the Word document.

save button on word

So, as you can see, the process of enabling or disabling password protection for Word documents is as easy as a Sunday morning. Anyone with basic computer knowledge can password-protect their Word documents.

Why Do I Need to Password Protect My Word Documents?

Now, if you are wondering why is there a need to password-protect Word documents, let me explain. The feature might not be important to your documents but for someone who uses Microsoft Word to store confidential or sensitive documents relating to their work or personal life, this feature is a godsend.

Also, if you have Word documents containing your bank account details, passwords, and other sensitive data, I’d recommend you add a password for these documents to prevent unauthorized access to them when someone else uses your device.

However, do not forget the password you set for your documents. In that case, you will lose the document forever.

Endnote

So, this was all about password-protecting Word documents on Windows 11. If you were looking for this how-to on the web, I hope this article helps you. And if it did, tell us in the comments.

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