Finalize and Protect Your Word 2016 Document

In this tutorial, we’re going to show you how to finalize and protect your Word 2016 document.

First, click File at the top left.

finalize and protect your Word 2016 document

One way to finalize your document is to inspect it through the Check for Issues drop-down and selecting Inspect Document.

finalize and protect your Word 2016 document

It will ask you if you would like to save your document now. Since the Document Inspector may make changes if you allow it, it’s a good idea to save now.

finalize and protect your Word 2016 document

The Inspector will tell you of potential problems such as personal information in your document. You may choose to remove them directly from the Inspector, but this may lead to undesirable gaps in text. It may be best to remove them manually to prevent formatting errors or undesirable results.

finalize and protect your Word 2016 document

To protect your document, open the Protect Document drop-down. There are multiple options here, choose the one that fits your needs.

finalize and protect your Word 2016 document