How To Lock Parts Of A Word Document In Office 2013

Are you looking for a way to protect sensitive information in your Word documents? With Office 2013, you can easily lock parts of your document to prevent unauthorized access or changes. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the steps to lock parts of a Word document in Office 2013.

Step 1: Open your Word Document

First, open the Word document you want to lock. Identify the parts of the document that you want to protect.

Step 2: Select the Content you Want to Lock

Next, select the content you want to lock. You can select individual words, sentences, paragraphs, or even entire sections. To select multiple areas, hold down the Ctrl key and click on each area.

Step 3: Click on the Review Tab

Click on the Review tab in the Word toolbar. This tab contains all the tools you need to secure your document.

Step 4: Click on the Restrict Editing Button

In the Protect group, click on the Restrict Editing button. This will open the Restrict Formatting and Editing pane on the right side of the screen.

Step 5: Set Editing Restrictions

In the Restrict Formatting and Editing pane, check the box next to “Limit formatting to a selection of styles.” Then click on the “Settings” link below the checkbox.

Step 6: Select the Formatting Styles

In the Formatting Restrictions dialog box, select the formatting styles that you want to allow for the selected content. You can choose from a list of styles or create your own custom style. Click OK when you are finished.

Step 7: Set a Password

To further protect your locked content, you can set a password. In the same Restrict Formatting and Editing pane, check the box next to “Allow only this type of editing in the document” and select “No changes (Read only)” from the drop-down menu. Then click on the “Yes, Start Enforcing Protection” button and enter a password when prompted. Congratulations! You have successfully locked parts of your Word document in Office 2013.


  • Can I unlock the locked parts of the document?

    Yes, you can unlock the locked parts of the document by following the same steps and entering the password you set.

  • Can I lock multiple parts of the same document with different passwords?

    No, you can only set one password per document. However, you can set different editing restrictions for different parts of the document.

  • Can I edit the locked parts of the document after I unlock them?

    Yes, you can edit the locked parts of the document after you unlock them using the password. However, if you forget the password, you will not be able to unlock the content.

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