Add Password To Word 2010 Document

by Rohit Khurana on April 6, 2010


Adding password to a confidential word document could be required some times when you don’t want anyone to peek and see those confidential details. You can easily add password to word document so that no one except those who know the password could open that word document.

Microsoft word 2010

Adding a password to a new or existing word document is same, and it is same with all the Microsoft office versions. Follow the procedure given below to add a password to a word document.

Open the word document or create a new one, now click File >> Save As option to save that document, this will open a new dialog box which ask you to give the name to this document.


Now, under this dialog click General Options from the drop down option menu as shown in the image below.



Now enter the password to document, with which it will protected, you can also make this document as read only as shown, this way it can be read but cannot be edited.


This way your word document will be safe and protected with password required to open and view.

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{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

Pass February 19, 2011 at 11:17 pm

Thankyou so much, I don’t want my mum snooping on my document!

nasir July 27, 2011 at 3:43 pm


charu singh September 30, 2011 at 7:19 pm


I am unable to add password to my word 2010 document file.
As per available options when i go in tools i get the following options :
map Network Drive
save options
web options
compress pictures

Here at this i am not getting the general options so that i can follow your steps to add password.

Pls help me to add the password to the word 2010.


Samantha October 30, 2011 at 1:54 pm

I’m having the same problem.. It doesn’t show General Options, and when I go to “Save Options” there is a General Options but not for a Password. I don’t remember doing anything to remove General Options but for some reason it isn’t there.

angie November 8, 2011 at 8:56 am


hershey November 11, 2011 at 4:49 am

hi, i am having the same problem i dont have the “General Options” it could be cus i have microsoft word starter maybe, either way can you help me password my document please?

Mazharul Islam December 13, 2011 at 3:04 am

Thank you. It really helped me a lot.

Leon February 10, 2012 at 12:17 am

Hey Im having the same problem can you please help?

osbrone May 7, 2012 at 10:48 am


Øyvind May 18, 2012 at 10:10 am

(Word 2010) I can password-protect the document just fine, but when I close and re-open Word the document it’s not password-protected anymore. What am I doing wrong?

Em June 1, 2012 at 7:02 am

thanks a lot of people have said to do it this way but i can’t just like some other people have said, mine doesn’t have the general options tab. I think it might be because I have word starter

Deo July 22, 2012 at 4:55 am

I have the same problem. I can find the general options thing. It’s not there. Please help me.

siva July 30, 2012 at 9:58 am

to set password for Word/Excel/powerpoint 2010, try this.
File/Info/Protect Document/Encrypt with password

and the password you want to open the document.

Kate August 16, 2012 at 11:24 pm

Why is it I dont have that GENERAL OPTIONS in my MS Word?

Terry Severa November 3, 2012 at 12:48 am

I can password-protect the document just fine, but when I close and re-open Word the document it’s not password-protected anymore. What am I doing wrong?

DIMAS February 7, 2013 at 6:56 pm

is it same on windows xp?

Adriana March 13, 2013 at 10:22 am

I only have the options:

Map Network Drive
Save Options
Web Options
Compress Pictures

I REALLY don’t want my family snooping on my documents and I can’t put the password on it. Help?

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