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How to Protect Word documents from editing

If you have created important documents in Word, then these are not for everyone and must therefore be protected against unauthorized access or manipulation. There are various ways in Word for either only certain areas of the Word document to secure, or completely protected from access by unauthorized persons.

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Honestly, one has to say that, of course, no protection offers 100% security. Therefore, it may be advisable to use a double backup by protecting the Word document itself, and then packing it again as a ZIP or RAR file and encrypting it as well.

How you can do all this we would like to describe in this article.

How to Protect Word documents from editing

If you have created important documents in Word, then these are not for everyone and must therefore be protected against unauthorized access or manipulation. There are various ways in Word for either only certain areas of the Word document to secure, or completely protected from access by unauthorized persons.

How to encrypt your documents in Word correctly

Topic Overview

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Honestly, one has to say that, of course, no protection offers 100% security. Therefore, it may be advisable to use a double backup by protecting the Word document itself, and then packing it again as a ZIP or RAR file and encrypting it as well.

How you can do all this we would like to describe in this article.

1. Protect individual areas in the document

1. Protect individual areas in the document

If you want to protect some parts of a Word document from unauthorized editing, you really can not avoid the use of controls. These can then later be treated as form areas, and be protected separately.

So suppose that you have created a letter with form controls, and want to explicitly protect certain areas here, then go to the “Design Mode” in the Word menu via the tab “Developer Tools” and select the context menu (right mouse button) Properties of the element concerned. In this way, you can protect each individual element separately before processing.

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You can certainly see that while this method is quite labor intensive, on the other hand it offers the widest variety of restrictions on third-party access.

It is a bit easier in Word to go to the tab “Review” – “Restrict Editing”, and there, under the possibilities given by Word to restrict editing. Here you can protect the document so that either only edits of comments, the completion of form fields is allowed, or just no changes may be made.

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If you want to protect some parts of a Word document from unauthorized editing, you really can not avoid the use of controls. These can then later be treated as form areas, and be protected separately.

So suppose that you have created a letter with form controls, and want to explicitly protect certain areas here, then go to the “Design Mode” in the Word menu via the tab “Developer Tools” and select the context menu (right mouse button) Properties of the element concerned. In this way, you can protect each individual element separately before processing.

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Protect Word document areas
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You can certainly see that while this method is quite labor intensive, on the other hand it offers the widest variety of restrictions on third-party access.

It is a bit easier in Word to go to the tab “Review” – “Restrict Editing”, and there, under the possibilities given by Word to restrict editing. Here you can protect the document so that either only edits of comments, the completion of form fields is allowed, or just no changes may be made.

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2. Protect entire Word document from editing

2. Protect entire Word document from editing

If you want to completely protect your Word document from unauthorized access, the simplest method is to use the Word menu “File” and select the “Protect Document” section. Here you can provide the entire Word document, for example, with a password protection, so that the file without a password can not be opened at all.

However, you should remember the password of course well, otherwise it will be difficult for you as a creator to get back to the document again.

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If you want to completely protect your Word document from unauthorized access, the simplest method is to use the Word menu “File” and select the “Protect Document” section. Here you can provide the entire Word document, for example, with a password protection, so that the file without a password can not be opened at all.

However, you should remember the password of course well, otherwise it will be difficult for you as a creator to get back to the document again.

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3. Conclusion

3. Conclusion

As you have seen, depending on how extensive and dedicated you want to protect your Word document, it is more or less costly to do it. Of course, it would be desirable that Microsoft offers more options here in the future, just as it is possible, for example, as in Excel, to release each cell individually for itself or even to block it.

By the way, the possibilities of protecting your document do not offer 100% security. Because the password protection which can be used to open the Word document can be leveraged with appropriate tools on the Internet in part. But it’s still better than not doing anything to guard against unauthorized access.

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As you have seen, depending on how extensive and dedicated you want to protect your Word document, it is more or less costly to do it. Of course, it would be desirable that Microsoft offers more options here in the future, just as it is possible, for example, as in Excel, to release each cell individually for itself or even to block it.

By the way, the possibilities of protecting your document do not offer 100% security. Because the password protection which can be used to open the Word document can be leveraged with appropriate tools on the Internet in part. But it’s still better than not doing anything to guard against unauthorized access.

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Michael W. Suhr
Michael W. SuhrDipl. Betriebswirt | Webdesign- und Beratung | Office Training
After 20 years in logistics, I turned my hobby, which has accompanied me since the mid-1980s, into a profession, and have been working as a freelancer in web design, web consulting and Microsoft Office since the beginning of 2015. On the side, I write articles for more digital competence in my blog as far as time allows.

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