How to password-protect a Pages ’09 document on a Mac

Updated December 19th, 2015.

You might have a reason to want to password-protect a Pages ’09 document. Maybe it’s your Christmas list. Maybe it has performance review notes. Maybe it’s your diary. Whatever it is, you might not want people to be able to open it unless they’re invited. You need a way of locking your Pages ’09 document so it can’t be opened without a password. Here’s how you do it.

In Pages ’09, look at the Document section of the Inspector. You get to the Document section by clicking the button at the top left of the Inspector. See below.

(If the Inspector isn’t showing, look in the View menu for “Show Inspector” or just click the blue Inspector button in the Toolbar.)


At the very bottom of the Document section of the Inspector you’ll see “Require password to open.” Check that box, choose a password, enter it a second time, and you’re done. It would be good to include a hint because there’s no way to pry the document open without the password.

Here’s a picture of what you’re looking for in the Inspector.

Pages first click here

Your protected document will get a new icon:

Pages 09 locked document icon

When you try to open it you’ll be asked for the password. Enter it successfully and the document opens right up. Get it wrong, and the document stays closed.

Nothing to it when you know how.

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