3 Ways to Password Protect Your Excel Workbook
Your workbook contains sensitive data and you don’t want people to be able to open it without your permission. Fortunately, Microsoft Excel offers several ways to protect your workbook. No matter which approach you choose, all methods allow you to easily share your workbook with specific people while blocking everyone else from opening it. Here are three ways to password-protect an Excel workbook.
1) Use the ‘Save As’ function in Word
If you want to password protect your workbook so that only people with the password can open it, select Save As from the File menu. In the Save As window, select Tools > General Options. In the General Options dialog box, type a password in the Password to open text box, and then click OK. The next time you try to open the workbook, you’ll be prompted for a password. If you’re opening the file on someone else’s computer, make sure they have this password too. To remove protection from an Excel workbook: Select Open from the File menu, enter the correct password when prompted, and click OK. Remove any passwords stored by selecting Tools > General Options. In the General Options dialog box, delete the text in the Password to open text box and click OK.
2) Use the ‘Save As’ function in OpenOffice
If you have sensitive data in your Excel workbook, you’ll want to password-protect it to prevent unauthorized access. You can do this by using the ‘Save As’ function in OpenOffice. Here’s how
1) Open the spreadsheet and click File -> Save As.
2) In the window that pops up, select ‘Password protection’.
3) Enter a name for your file, enter a password and type it again for confirmation. Click on Save. That’s all there is to it! Now when you open the file, you will be prompted for a password before being able to see any of its contents.
There are two other ways that you can set passwords as well:
1) Use ActiveX Controls: ActiveX controls allow users with permission to set passwords and restrict what they see in Microsoft Office files without having to modify them or use third-party software;
2) Create an encrypted folder: An encrypted folder is an easy way to create passwords if your company already has shared drives. To set one up, follow these steps:
1) Right-click on your desktop and select New -> Folder.
2) Rename the folder whatever you’d like.
3) Right-click on the new folder and select Properties. The first tab is General; check Encrypt contents to secure data box at the bottom of this tab.
3) Use third party software such as EncryptExcel
EncryptExcel is a third-party software that you can use to password-protect your Excel workbook. This software is very easy to use and it only takes a few seconds to encrypt your workbook. Plus, EncryptExcel is very affordable and it offers a free trial so you can try it before you buy it. To install this software on your computer, just download the file on the website and then open it with Microsoft Excel.
You’ll be prompted to enter the desired password for protection. Once installed, if you open up your encrypted workbook without entering the password, it will prompt you to enter the password first. You may also have additional options like not letting any changes happen in a certain range of cells or not letting any cells be edited at all when opening up an encrypted file. If you want to set these options, head over to the Settings tab in EncryptExcel and select what you want from the dropdown menus. One important thing to note about EncryptExcel is that it doesn’t require any .NET framework installation which means that anybody can run this software regardless of their operating system or knowledge level!