Restrict people to protect Microsoft Office

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I want to restrict employees from putting password on Word, Excel and other Office products. The reason being, I don't want the employees locking the word document and when the employee leaves, we are stuck in the wind trying to figure out the password for the specific file. Would this process be done on User Profiles or elsewhere? Just want an insight on this topic.

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Try this Microsoft link on setting up a GPO to prevent password setup in Office documents

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  • Kevin Beaver
    Additionally, if files do get password-protected, there are tools you can use to crack the password. I've used the Elcomsoft products successfully in this context.

    There's a bigger issue at play here, though. It sounds like you might have a training problem. In addition to the GPO controls that Michael mentioned, perhaps some policies need to be put in place to properly set expectations along with sanctions for when people go against the rules.
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