How to Password Protect an OpenOffice Document

Sarah Soliz Uncategorized

Maintain the privacy and security of your OpenOffice document by equipping it with a password. Creating a password for your file can help ensure that only you and those you trust with the password will be able to access your information or any data you wish to remain confidential. 

It is easy to password protect a document created with the OpenOffice Writer program. Just follow the step-by-step instructions provided below.

  • Click File.
  • Select either Save or Save As.
  • In the dialog box that opens, type in a file name for your document.
  • Tick the box next to Save with password and then click Save.
  • In the Enter Password dialog box, type in your password and retype for confirmation.
  • Click OK.

If you want to password protect an old or already saved OpenOffice document, do the following:

  • Open the document and click File.
  • Click Save As.
  • In the dialog box, check the Save with password option.
  • Click Save.
  • A dialog box will prompt you to confirm Save As. It will say that the file already exists and ask you if you want to replace it. Click Yes. [Note: If you want your password-protected file to be a separate document, change the file name before clicking the Save button on the Save As dialog box.]
  • Enter and reenter your password.
  • Click OK.

OpenOffice cannot recover lost or forgotten passwords. So, while you are encouraged to create strong passwords for increased effectiveness and security, see to it that you remember them. You might also want to track those that you use by keeping a list, but be sure to store the list in a safe place.