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To Encrypt Documents in Microsoft Office 2013 and 2016

Step-by-step guide

  1. Open the document (Word, Excel, or Power Point) you would like to encrypt.
  2. At the top of the document click File.
    Microsoft Word
  3. On the left-hand navigation bar click Info.
  4. Click on the button: Protect Document.
    Protect Document
  5. Choose Encrypt with Password.
    Encrypt with Password
  6. Set a password to use when opening the document.
    Set password

Caution if you lose or forget the password, it cannot be recovered. You must also share the password with anyone you would like to be able to open the document.

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