Protect and Unprotect a Document
Protect a Document
Follow the steps below to protect a document with a password.
On the Review tab, in the Protect group, click the Protect Document button.
Specify a protection type in the invoked Document Protection dialog. Select No changes (Read-only) to restrict all actions, Comments - to allow users leave comments only, Tracked Changes - to prevent other users from creating untracked changes, Filling in Forms -to allows users to fill in forms and form fields.
Type a password in the Enter new password (optional) box and confirm it in the Reenter password to confirm box.
Give Users Permission to Edit Certain Document Parts
Before adding protection to a document, you can specify certain parts of the document where you want to remove the restriction and allow a particular user or group of users to modify these parts.
- Select a part of a document to be available.
On the Review tab, in the Protect group, click the Range Editing Permissions button.
In the invoked Editing Permissions dialog, select a user or group of users to be allowed to edit the selected part of a document.
Editable ranges will be highlighted and enclosed in brackets.
- Continue to select the document regions and give users permission to edit them.
- After specifying all required parts, enable protection.
You can also restrict document modifications with Document Protection and Unprotect Document dialogs. For more information, refer to the following topic: Sections.
Remove Protection from a Document
On the Review tab, in the Protect group, click the Unprotect Document button.
In the invoked Unprotect Document dialog, type the password.