How do I password protect an Access database?

How do I password protect an Access database?

(Applies to Microsoft Access 2010, 2013 & 2016)

Once an Access database is encrypted with a password anyone that attempts to open it in the future will need to enter the password in order to view or edit the contents.

There are no restrictions on the passwords you use with regards to length, characters or numbers but passwords are case-sensitive.

Passwords should be maintained in a secure register to avoid the situation where databases cannot be opened because passwords have been forgotten or the original author has exited the organisation. 

  1. Open the database that you wish to password protect.
  2. Select File and then choose Info.

  3. Select the Encrypt with Password box.

  4. Type a password in the Set Database Password dialogue box Password field and in the Verify field and then select OK.
  5. When you attempt to open a password protected database a dialogue box will be displayed requesting the password be entered before the contents will be displayed.

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