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Office 2013 - Encrypting Files with Password Protection

This article explains how to encrypt and add a password to files in Microsoft Office 2013. The process is consistent across the core Office suite (Word 2013, Excel 2013, PowerPoint 2013 etc.). The example uses Word 2013.

  1. Click File

  2. From the Info tab, select Protect Document > Encrypt with Password
  3. The Encrypt Document dialog window appears. Type in a strong password and then select OK.

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

  5. The Info shows the new required permissions.

Removing a Password

  1. Repeat steps 1-2 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: for shared documents; explore the Restrict Editing features under Protect Document.

Keywords:encryption confidential secure excel spreadsheet document   Doc ID:29278
Owner:Karen B.Group:University of Chicago
Created:2013-03-29 08:19 CSTUpdated:2016-04-21 06:13 CST
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