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Microsoft Word - Add or Remove Protection in a Word Document

In Microsoft Office, you can use passwords to help prevent other people from opening or modifying your documents, workbooks, and presentations. Also, you can use document protection to restrict the types of changes that reviewers can make.


Add protection in your Word document
  • In an open document, click File > Info > Protect Document.

    You see the following options.

    Protect Document button with options

    • Mark as Final: Make the document read-only.

      When a document is marked as final, typing, editing, commands, and proofing marks are disabled or turned off and the document becomes read-only. The Mark as Final command helps you communicate that you're sharing a completed version of a document. It also helps prevent reviewers or readers from making inadvertent changes to the document.

      When you mark a document as final, Word asks you to save the file. The next time you open it, you will see a yellow MARKED AS FINAL message at the top of the document. If you click Edit Anyway, the document will no longer be marked as final.

    • Encrypt with Password: Set a password for the document. Note: Keep your password in a safe place. If you lose or forget the password, it cannot be recovered. 

      When you select Encrypt with Password, the Encrypt Document dialog box appears. In the Password box, type a password, and then type it again when prompted. Important: Microsoft cannot retrieve lost or forgotten passwords, so keep a list of your passwords and corresponding file names in a safe place.

  • Restrict Editing: Control what types of changes can be made to the document.

    When you select Restrict Editing, you see these options:

    • Formatting restrictions: This reduces formatting options, preserving a look and feel. Click Settings to select which styles are allowed.

    • Editing restrictions: You control how the file can be edited or you can disable editing. Click Exceptions or More users to control those who can edit.

    • Start enforcement: Click Yes, Start Enforcing Protection to select password protection or user authentication. You can also click Restrict permission to add or remove editors who’ll have restricted permissions.

    • Restrict Permission by People: Use Windows Live ID to restrict permissions.

      Use a Windows Live ID or a Microsoft Windows account to restrict permissions. You can apply permissions via a template that is used by your organization, or you can add permissions by clicking Restrict Access

  • Add a Digital Signature: Add a visible or invisible digital signature.

    Digital signatures authenticate digital information such as documents, email messages, and macros by using computer cryptology. Digital signatures are created by typing a signature or by using an image of a signature to establish authenticity, integrity, and non-repudiation. See the link at the end of this topic to learn more about digital signatures.

Removing protection in your Word document

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

You see the following options.

Protect Document button with options

  • Remove Mark as Final: When you mark a document as final, Words asks you to save the file. The next time you open it, you will see a yellow MARKED AS FINAL message at the top of the document. If you click Edit Anyway, the document will no longer be marked as final.

  • Remove password encryption: To remove password encryption from the document, open the document and enter the password in the Password box. Then click File > Info > Protect Document > Encrypt with Password. Delete the contents of the Password box, click OK, and then save the document again.

  • Remove editing restrictions: To remove editing restrictions, click Stop Protection at the bottom of the Restrict Editing pane.

  • Remove or change restricted access: To remove or change restricted access, open the file, and then click Change Permission in the yellow bar at the top of the document.

  • Remove digital signature: To remove a digital signature, open the file, right-click the signature line, and click Remove Signature. Or, click the arrow next to the signature in the Signatures pane, and then click Remove Signature. 


If you have any questions, come by the Help Desk at Hardman & Jacobs Undergraduate Learning Center Room 105, call 646-1840, or email us at help@nmsu.edu.




Keywords:microsoft word add remove protection word document enable disable editing   Doc ID:74996
Owner:John B.Group:New Mexico State University
Created:2017-08-01 11:59 MDTUpdated:2018-05-31 08:50 MDT
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