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Excel Guide

How to Password Protect an Excel File: Step-by-Step Guide

If you have sensitive information in your Excel files, you can enhance security by password protecting them. Follow these steps to password protect your Excel file.

Step One: Open Your Excel File

  1. Open the Excel file you want to protect.
  2. Click on the "File" tab in the top left corner of the screen.

Step Two: Choose a Password

  1. After clicking on "File," select "Protect Workbook" from the menu.
  2. In the "Protect Structure and Windows" window, locate the "Password" section.
  3. Type in a strong password, combining upper and lower case letters, numbers, and symbols.

Step Three: Re-enter Your Password

  1. In the "Confirm Password" field below, re-enter the password you typed in the previous step.
  2. Ensure that the second entry matches the first one perfectly.

Step Four: Save Your File

  1. Save your password-protected file by clicking on the "File" tab again.
  2. Choose "Save As" to open the Save As window.
  3. Confirm you are in the desired directory, enter a file name, and click "Save."

Step Five: Close Your File

  1. To complete the process, close the Excel file.
  2. Click on the "File" tab and select "Close" to exit the file.

Now, your Excel file is password protected, and only those with the correct password will be able to access it. Make sure to remember the password or store it securely, as losing it may result in permanent data loss.