Password Protected Word 2010 document

How to Password Protect MS Word 2010 document?

2011-01-24 14:34:25 / Posted by Michael Eric to Office Tricks
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More and more users choose Microsoft Word 2010 as their first word processing software. It is not uncommon that Word documents contain sensitive information like personal data (bank account numbers), information about your business. In either case, you'll want to password protect Word 2010 document from spying eyes.

Fortunately, Word allows you to assign password protection to Word document 2010. This feature may not keep out seasoned hackers, but it can keep your document safe from average users.

Now I'll dissect password protected Word 2010: how to password protect Word 2010 document to safeguard unauthorized open and how to remove password protected if you forgot this password.

Part I. How to Password Protect Word Document 2010?

Now follow this tutorial to password protect Word 2010 document using built-in password encryption.


Step 1: Open the word document that you would like to password protects.


Step 2: Click the "File" tab, then Click on the "Info" option. On the right menu click on the "Protect Document" button under "Permissions", and then select the "Encrypt with Password" option.

encrypt word with password


Step 3: When the "Encrypt Document" dialog appears, set a password for your word document and then click "OK" button. Make sure your password is difficult to guess but easy for you to remember. You cannot open your document without the password.

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Then a "Confirm Password" dialog will appear, reenter your password and click "OK" button.


Step 4: After setting password to protect your Word document, click "Save" or press Ctrl+S to save the document. Now your word document is password protected. You'll see the following message "A password is required to open this document" under "Permissions".

word 2010 password protected

By the way, you can also use the above method to password protect a word 2011 document.

Word 2010 document has simplified the password protection feature. If you wish others to view your document but not change the contents, you will have to use the old Password Protection dialog used with the word version before 2007. Take a look at this article I wrote for password protect MS word 2007 document.

Part II. How to Remove Password Protection from Word 2010?

If you've lost or forgotten your Microsoft Word password, then you can't recover it using any Microsoft product. Try a third-party Password protected Word 2010 Unlocker software to remove password protection from Word 2010.

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Follow us and let's learn the steps to use this program to remove Word 2010 password protect.


Step 1: Click "Open" button to import password protected MS Word 2010 document.


Step 2: Choose "Recover the Password" for cracking lost password for Word 2010 document.

Remove password protected Word password


Step 3: Deploy the attack settings to speed up the password recovery.

password protect word 2010 document


Step 4.Click "Start" to begin the Word 2010 password recovery process. If you have successfully removed password protect for Word 2010 document, you will find the password displayed in "File Opening/Editing Password" box.

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