How to password-protect in Word 2007

Microsoft Office 2007 completely rearranged the toolbars and menus into a combined ribbon bar.  While this has been touted to increase usability and discoverable, features not included in the ribbon bar might be difficult to access.

Password-protecting a Word document is one of those such features.  Being in a technical role, I was perplexed when I was unable to perform a task as simple as password-protecting a document.  I'm sharing this post for those who may find themselves in the same situation.

I started out wishing to protect the following document:


I switched to the review tab thinking it would be easy


This was a dead-end, however, because this was not the simple password-protection I was used to from Office 2003.  This had to do with Digital Rights Management.

I ended up find the feature hidden away in the Save As dialog:

Inside the Save As dialog, then hidden in the bottom left hand corner of THAT dialog:

General Options looks like this, and we are finally able to set a password.

Hopefully this post will be easier to find on Google that the current search results.


Shankar said on 7.31.2008 at 9:33 PM

Thankx. I found it verry difficult adapting to the new ribbon interface and stopped exploring the old features hidden now.

Susie Reehl said on 9.17.2008 at 2:56 PM

Bless you - we help seniors who are having problems with their Medicare. You can't send a completed complaint to the feds unless it is password protected. I had read help till I was blue in the face! I've had nothing but problems since we upgraded to Office 2007.

Amit Kumar said on 9.29.2008 at 5:55 AM

A very good, concise and to-the-point article. Thanks a lot for putting up this article. I, like all the other Microsoft users, am finding it very difficult to adapt to the "new look" MS-Office products.

ArghArgh said on 10.15.2008 at 2:05 PM

Just got a new laptop (Windows Vista) with MS Office 2007 Home / Student Edition. I don't have that "Tools" option when using the Save As dialog. How does one configure office so that it is available?

Thanks - Arghargh

Craig said on 12.28.2010 at 9:28 PM

Thank you!!!!