How do I encrypt a Microsoft Office document?

It is a best practice to encrypt/password protect documents when they contain protected or private information. This will preserve authorized access and make sure only the person(s) authorized can view the information.

  1. In any office product, in the upper left corner, click File
  2. Select Protect Document and click Encrypt with Password.
  3. In the Encrypt Document window, enter a password in the Password field.

    NOTE: If the password is lost or forgotten, the document cannot be recovered.