Password Protecting and Encrypting Office 2013 documents including Word 2013, Excel 2013 and Powerpoint 2013 is a simple yet a very effective means of protecting sensitive data. Many people aren’t aware that Microsoft Office actually does a fantastic job encrypting your data if you use a strong password. If you use a weak password, well… don’t bother reading on.
The steps for password protecting and encrypting documents is exactly the same for Word 2013, Excel 2013 and Powerpoint 2013 so I will only demonstrate the process once using Word. If you run into a question or problems along the way, just drop a note in the comments and I’ll do what I can to help.
Password Protect and Encrypt Word 2013, Excel 2013 and Powerpoint 2013 documents
Under the Info Tab, Click Protect Document.
There are several options available to protect your document however we want to just lock it down with Encryption.
Click Encrypt with Password.
Enter a strong password when prompted and click OK.
Word 2013 will ask you to confirm your password and when completed, you will be returned to the Info page showing the document is protected and requires a password to open.
If you need to decrypt the document, just repeat the process, remove the password when asked. Save it and you will be golden.