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How to set a password to protect the workbook?

Supposing you have an Excel file which contain some important data that you don’t want others to see, in this situation, you can set a password for the Excel file to prevent others from accessing to the workbook. But how to set a password to protect the workbook?

Set a password to protect the workbook with Save As function

Set a password to protect the workbook with Info command


arrow blue right bubble Set a password to protect the workbook with Save As function


With the Save As function in Excel, you can set a password to prevent other users from opening or modifying the workbook, please do as follows:

1. Open your workbook that you want to set a password.

2. Click File > Save As in Excel 2010 / 2013, (if you use Excel 2007, please click doc-set-password button > Save As) and a Save As dialog box will pop out, click Tools drop down list, and click General Options, see screenshots:

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3. Then enter your password in the Password to open text box, click OK button and then confirm the password again. See screenshots:

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4. And then click OK to close the above two dialog box, it will return to the Save As dialog, then click Save to save the workbook with its password.

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And the Excel file will set the password, when you launch this workbook next time, you need to enter the password to open it. See screenshot:

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Note: If you want others read your workbook only and cannot modify the workbook, you can let the Password to open text box blank and set a password in the Password to modify text box in the step 3.


arrow blue right bubble Set a password to protect the workbook with Info command

Here is another method can help you to set a password for the Excel document, do as this:

1. Launch your workbook that you want to set a password.

2. Click File > Info > Protect Workbook > Encrypt with Password in Excel 2010 / 2013, see screenshot:

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If in Excel 2007, you need to click doc-set-password > Prepare > Encrypt Document, see screenshot:

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3. And an Encrypt Document dialog box pops out, type your password into the Password text box, see screenshot:

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4. Then click OK, and another Confirm Password dialog will pop out to remind entering the password for confirmation.

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5. Click OK to close the dialog, and then save this workbook. When you open this workbook next time, you need to have the correct password to access it.

Note:

If you want to cancel the password you have set, you just need to open your workbook with the right password. And then click File > Info > Protect Workbook > Encrypt with Password to open the Encrypt Document dialog, remove the password that you have set. Then save the file. See screenshots:

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