Top Tip Thursday: Password protecting your Excel spreadsheets

Published: 12 August 2021
Published: 12 August 2021

Whether it’s highly sensitive data, a confidential project or personal information you’d rather to hide, a password protected Excel workbook will restrict access, providing you with full control.

To do so, you need to:

  1. Choose between Protect Workbook or just Protect Sheet under the Review
  2. Create a password in the Password If you are struggling to generate a strong password, check out our 5 top tips for secure passwords article to strengthen your security.
  3. If you chose Protect Sheet, you can choose from a list what users of the worksheet are allowed to do.
  4. Click OK, re-enter the password to confirm, and then press OK

You will know that your workbook is password protected if the Protect Workbook button is highlighted. To know if a specific sheet is protected, there should be an Unprotect Sheet option.

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