There may be times you want to keep documents on your Mac private - whether you are working on confidential files or writing down your inner most thoughts you'd rather no-one else could read. Here's a way that you can password protect files on your Mac:

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How to password protect Word documents on a Mac

There may be times you want to keep documents on your Mac private - whether you are working on confidential files or writing down your inner most thoughts you'd rather no-one else could read. Here's a way that you can password protect files on your Mac:

Surprisingly, there's no one click step to password protect a document in OS X but it can be done in Microsoft Office for Mac or iWork.

It's not fail-safe but should keep casual snoops out.

For Microsoft Office for Mac

  • Click the Word menu
  • Select Preferences
  • Under Personal Settings, click Security on the left side
  • Enter a password in the box where it says Password to Open
  • Click OK
  • When asked type in the password again to confirm it
  • Click OK

You can also set a password to modify the document:

  • In Security, type a password in the box where it says Password to modify
  • Click OK
  • Type in password again when asked
  • Click OK

In Apple iWork

  • Open your document in one of the iWork programs
  • Go to Inspector
  • Click the Document tab
  • Check the box at the bottom next to Require Password to Open
  • Type in your password
  • Type it again to confirm it (you can add a password hint here)
  • Press Set Password

As with all passwords remember to set one that would be difficult for others to guess but one you remember.

Updated On:

Nov 21, 2011

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