If you are sharing your computer with others at work or with your family members, then you may prefer to prevent others from opening Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 presentation. After all, you may not want others to see your presentation before it is ready or if it contains critical information you don’t want others to access.

Before you start worrying how you can preserve the privacy of your presentation, here is what you need to know. Microsoft Office allows users to guard their documents by encrypting, including Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 presentations. To guide you on how you can protect your Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 presentation from being viewed by others, you can simply encrypt your presentation.

Follow these steps to protect Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 presentation from being viewed by anyone on a Windows 7-based computer.

  1. Click on the “Microsoft Office Button”. Clicking on this will open an options menu.
  2. Open the “Prepare” list. This list gives you options for the presentation’s properties and allows you to set any restrictions for the presentation’s use.
  3. Click on “Encrypt Document.” Doing this will open a request for you to enter a password.
  4. Type a password in the box and click “OK.” Your password can be up to 255 characters.
  5. Re-enter the password when asked and click “OK.”
  6. Save your presentation.

You can also watch this following video to check out how to protect Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 presentation from being viewed on a Windows XP-based computer.