How to encrypt and remove password from an MS Word document

How to encrypt and remove password from an MS Word document

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How to encrypt and remove password from an MS Word document
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• How to encrypt and remove password from an MS Word document in 4 simple illustrated steps.

How to encrypt and remove password from an MS Word document

Part 1: How to encrypt an MS Word document

Follow these steps to encrypt (password protect) your Microsoft Word documents using MS Word 2016.

Step 1: Click the “File” button in the ribbon (top left of your screen) as in image below.

How to encrypt and remove password from an MS Word document - click the file button

How to encrypt and remove password from an MS Word document – click the file button

Step 2: Click the “Protect Document” and from the drop-down, select “Encrypt with Password”.

How to encrypt and remove password from an MS Word document - click the protect document tab

How to encrypt and remove password from an MS Word document – click the protect document tab

Step 3: Input the password you wish to use.

How to encrypt and remove password from an MS Word document

How to encrypt and remove password from an MS Word document

Step 4: Confirm the password.

How to encrypt and remove password from an MS Word document - confirm the password

How to encrypt and remove password from an MS Word document – confirm the password

Success! Your document is encrypted (password protected).

Verify Success

If you click the “File” button, you’ll see “A password is required to open this document.” in the “Protect Document” area (see image below).

How to encrypt and remove password from an MS Word document - encryption complete

How to encrypt and remove password from an MS Word document – encryption complete

You’ll be prompted to enter the password you set when next you open the document (see image below).

How to encrypt and remove password from an MS Word document - enter your password

How to encrypt and remove password from an MS Word document – enter your password

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Warning

  • If you lose or forget your password, it cannot be recovered.
  • Passwords are case-sensitive so be mindful of your caps.

Part 2: How to remove password from an MS Word document

Step 1: Open the document, you’ll have to use the password to do this.

Step 2: Click the “Protect Document” tab under “File” as in Part 1 above.

Step 3: Click “Encrypt with Password” from the drop-down list.

Step 4: Erase the typed password and click “ok” as in the image below.

How to encrypt and remove password from an MS Word document - removing a password

How to encrypt and remove password from an MS Word document – removing a password

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