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How can I protect a MSW document with a password ?

by elavefenixvolando / July 5, 2010 8:15 AM PDT

Hello experts:

I work a lot with Microsoft Word Documents and I was wondering how can I protect some important confidential documents with a passwords so they can be viewed only by the authorized persons using that password ?

Thanks in advance for your help.

All the best,


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MSW security...
by Papa Echo / July 5, 2010 8:31 AM PDT

At the "save as" Window, click at "Tools" for "security options". Be warned that it is very nearly impossible to retrieve your password if you have forgotton it.

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Gracias, Papa Echo ! and also another question...
by elavefenixvolando / July 5, 2010 8:49 AM PDT
In reply to: MSW security...

Hello Papa Echo !

Thanks for making time to help me.

Following your indications I just made it !

Now I have another question for you: is there any way to protect all the MSW files together as a block ? for instance if I have a file called "Files in MSW", is there any way to protect that file with all the files contained in it ? I mean with a password just like I did with one file ?

Thanks again, looking forward to news from you my friend.

All the best from the North of New Jersey (New York area)


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You are welcome.
by Papa Echo / July 5, 2010 10:20 AM PDT

I have not done what you want. I can only direct you to some LINKS, which I hope can be of some use to you.

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Just a note.
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / July 6, 2010 5:40 AM PDT

Now you have password protected those files, what is your action plan if ever the operating system crashes, and you have to reinstall? That will likely wipe out any security certificates the previous install had which would allow you to access these files.

We see this all too often in these forums. Some user has encrypted their files using EFS or similar, never backed up the security certificates, then lost the OS. Recovering from that using professional recovery services is usually expensive.


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MS Word...
by Papa Echo / July 6, 2010 9:35 AM PDT
In reply to: Just a note.

MS Word documents protected with security options....require security certificates ? Protecting a Folder maybe, but not individual MS Word documents ?

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You're probably rght.
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / July 6, 2010 8:41 PM PDT
In reply to: MS Word...

But I know others have used such things as EFS to protect files, then come unstuck.


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