How to protect a Word document with a password (2024)

If you work on Word documents containing sensitive or personal information, confidentiality is likely one of your top priorities. Fortunately, Word offers an effective solution to protect your documents: password lock. In this article, we will show you step-by-step how to protect your Word document with a password. Follow the guide!

Password protect a Word document.

Launch Microsoft Word and open the document you want to protect.

  1. In the upper left corner of the window, click the “File” tab.
“File” tab in Microsoft Word

2. In the left sidebar menu, click “Information,” then click “Protect Document.”

Side menu showing "Information" and "Protect Document" options

3. A drop-down menu will appear. Click “Encrypt with Password

“Encrypt with password” option in the drop-down menu

4. A pop-up window will open, asking you to enter a password. Enter the desired password, then click “OK

5. Word will ask you to confirm your password. Enter it again and click “OK.” It is important to choose a strong password to ensure the security of your document.

After adding a password, remember to save your document for the changes to take effect.

✅ Congratulations! Your Word document is now password-protected. Only the person holding the precious sesame can open the document.

Remove password protection from your Word document

Launch Microsoft Word and open the password-protected Word document. You will need to enter the password to access the content.

  1. Click the “File” tab located in the upper left corner of the window.
"File" tab in the upper left corner of Word

2. In the left sidebar menu, click “Information,” then click “Protect Document.”

Side menu showing "Information" and "Protect document" options

3. From the drop-down menu, click “Encrypt with Password.”

“Encrypt with password” option

4. The pop-up window will show you the field where you previously entered your password. Delete the contents of the “Password” field and click “OK.”

5. Don’t forget to save your document for the changes to take effect.

✅ That’s all! To ensure the password has been removed, close the document and try reopening it. If everything goes well, the document will open without asking you for a password.

Additional Tips

⚠️ Be careful, don’t lose your password! If you forget your password, it will be very difficult, if not impossible, to recover the contents of your document. Be sure to choose a unique and complex password to strengthen security. You can also use other protection methods in Word, such as restricting edits or adding digital signatures.


Protecting your documents is essential, especially when they contain sensitive information. Following these simple steps, you can easily secure your Word documents with a password. Make sure you always back up your documents and keep your passwords safe.

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Mohamed SAKHRI
Mohamed SAKHRI

I'm the creator and editor-in-chief of Tech To Geek. Through this little blog, I share with you my passion for technology. I specialize in various operating systems such as Windows, Linux, macOS, and Android, focusing on providing practical and valuable guides.

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