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Hour 18. Collaborating on Documents > Protecting Documents from Being Opened or...

Protecting Documents from Being Opened or Modified

You might want to require a password to enable people to open and/or modify your document (or template). For example, there may be a group of people that you want to be able to open and read your document, and within that group, a few people that you want to be able to actually modify the document. If you require a password to open your document, Word encrypts the file and decrypts it only when the user enters the correct password. If you require a password to modify your document, anyone can open and edit your document, but they can't overwrite the original document with their revised version. Instead, they are required to save the edited document under a different name and/or location. Only users who enter the correct password can overwrite the original with a modified version. You can use just one of these types of passwords on a document or use them both together.

To protect your document from being opened and/or modified, follow these steps:


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