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Office 2010 - Encrypting Files with Password Protection

This article explains how to encrypt and add a password to files in Microsoft Office 2010. The process is consistent across the core Office suite (Word 2010, Excel 2010, PowerPoint 2010 etc.). The example uses Excel 2010.

  1. Click File > Info > Protect Workbook > Encrypt with Password

  2. The Encrypt Document dialog window appears. Type in a strong password and then select OK.

  3. Re-enter your desired password in the Confirm password window and click OK.

  4. The Info shows the new required permissions.

Removing a Password

  1. Repeat step 1 of setting a password.
  2. Select and highlight all contents in the Encrypt Document window, and press Delete.

  3. The Info shows the removal of permissions, indicating the document is not protected.

Note: this method does not permit protection with shared documents; the old Office 2007 method needs to be used in those circumstances. Follow instructions detailed in Office 2007 - Encrypting Files with Password Protection.

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Owner:Karen B.Group:University of Chicago
Created:2013-03-29 06:26 CSTUpdated:2016-04-21 06:13 CST
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