Microsoft Office helps you to use passwords to help prevent other people from opening or modifying your important documents, workbooks, and presentations. This article will show you how to encrypt Microsoft Word document, excel and PowerPoint.

You should keep in your mind that Microsoft cannot retrieve forgotten passwords. I would recommend that you enforce password length and complexity to help ensure that strong passwords are used when you encrypt data.

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Simple Steps to Encrypt Microsoft Word Document, Excel and PowerPoint

Let’s learn how to encrypt Microsoft products.

How to Protect Word Document?

In an open document, click File > Info > Protect Document.

You see the following options.

Encrypt with Password – Set a password for the document.

Select Encrypt with Password, the Encrypt Document dialog box appears. In the Password box, type a password.

Important: Microsoft cannot retrieve lost or forgotten passwords, so keep a list of your passwords and corresponding file names in a safe place.

How to Protect Excel Worksheet

  • In an open worksheet, click File > Info > Protect Workbook.
  • You see the following options.
  • Encrypt with Password Set a password for Excel spreadsheet
  • Select Encrypt with Password, the Encrypt Document dialog box appears. In the Password box, type a password.
  • Important Microsoft can’t retrieve lost or forgotten passwords, so keep a list of your passwords and corresponding file names in a safe place.
  • Protect Current Sheet Protect the worksheet and locked cells.
  • Select password protection and allow or disallow other users to select, format, insert, delete, sort or edit areas of the worksheet.

How to Protect PowerPoint Presentation

  • In an open worksheet, click File > Info > Protect Workbook.
  • You see the following options.
  • Encrypt with Password Set a password for PowerPoint presentation.
  • Encrypt with Password Set a password for the presentation.
  • Select Encrypt with Password, the Encrypt Document dialog box appears. In the Password box, type a password.

Important: Microsoft can’t retrieve lost or forgotten passwords, so keep a list of your passwords and corresponding file names in a safe place.

Also Read: Best Microsoft Store Apps

I hope this article will help you to Protect MS Office products.