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John2710 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Is it possible to password protect .numbers file. I know that it is possible to password protect files in excel.

iMac G5 20" iSight, Mac OS X (10.4.4), 1,5 GB ram
  • WWJD Level 6 Level 6 (15,825 points)
    It is not possible at this time.

  • jaxjason Level 4 Level 4 (3,535 points)
    if your looking to make it impossible to open the document at all, then you could create a passowrd locked DMG file and put it in there.

    If your looking to lock editing the file, but viewing is allowed, that is the part there is no current way of accomplishing.

  • Level 8 Level 8 (41,790 points)

    Why try to change a tool against one which doesn't fit your needs ?

    Stay with the one which does

    Yvan KOENIG (from FRANCE vendredi 30 novembre 2007 15:23:20)
  • Snowski Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Why can't a simple task like this be done?

  • Level 8 Level 8 (41,790 points)

    Why must this feature MUST be added ?

    The Numbers team build a template of what to put in Numbers and what to drop.

    It seems that the Password protection was not a useful feature from their point of view.

    Your point of view is different, *go to "Provide Numbers Feedback" in the "Numbers" menu*
    and describe it.

    If you convince them, maybe they will add the wished feature in the next main release in iWork'09

    Yvan KOENIG (from FRANCE vendredi 14 décembre 2007 11:39:32)
  • thedigitalmediadude Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    That is ridiculous! I converted from Excel to Numbers because I like Numbers better (you can create sexier spreadsheets), but I have many financial spreadsheets which I want to password protect (lock) so that no one except me and my wife can open it up. This is just in case our computer gets hacked. You don't think this is something that is important? What, do all Mac users just love to share all of their information with everyone?

    Don't get it. I hope they add this to the next version of Numbers.
  • Level 8 Level 8 (41,790 points)

    You wrote:

    +Don't get it. I hope they add this to the next version of Numbers.+

    The result of your hope is NIL.

    Apple engineers are not reading this forum.
    This is why I often wrote:
    If you want a new feature: *Go to "Provide Numbers Feedback" in the "Numbers" menu*, describe what you wish.
    Then, cross your fingers, and wait for iWork'09

    To protect datas from curious persons, we already have a good tool:
    *Store our files in an encrypted disk image.*
    It seems that this efficient soluce is too simple for XL accustomed users

    Yvan KOENIG (from FRANCE samedi 29 décembre 2007 09:47:43)
  • gehrbox Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I agree that the feature is missed, but you must understand that one of the goals in the design of Numbers was to eliminate feature bloat. MS Office suffers from this illness and I for one am willing to work around minor shortcomings to gain performance and ease of use.

    An encrypted disk image is a satisfactory workaround. It's easily created with Disk Utility and only requires a password when you mount the image. After it is mounted you can read and write from the DMG file without any further security access required. When your done with the files just eject the image and your documents are secure.
  • Colin Cohen Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)
    I have done the pointless feedback as Yvan suggests - but those still using AppleWorks file locking for security should be aware that the locked file opens in other apps without password - just drag it onto Text Edit and see...

    Cheers, Colin Cohen
  • Jzaksh Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    encrypted disk-image, how??

    i, like the original poster, would like to lock my spread sheets. however, i don't mind working around things (as a matter of fact, using an encrypted disk image is a great idea, and its something i wish i would have thought about before for millions of things). my question to you: how do i make an encrypted disk image to put things in?

    i absolutely agree with what you said. i've switched to iWork today. i thought, "nice, an escape from a documents program thats nearly as heavy as Adobe is." so i hoped what you said: "eliminate feature bloat" would be a goal accomplished. i don't know what the deal is, but every single time i enter a number into a cell, i hit "Tab" and the color-spin wheel comes up immediately. it seems like Numbers is having trouble processing what ITS doing. i realized using the left "arrow" helped avoid the spin-wheel, but have plenty of instances already in the less-than 12 hours i've had iWork '08.
  • Level 8 Level 8 (41,790 points)

    Use Disk Utility which is factory installed in Applications:Utilities.
    Select "New Image"
    Select "AES 128" in the second local menu (Encrypt)
    Define a size matching several times the doc's size so Numbers would be able to expand the XML embedded file and store some old versions for safe. It seems that the minimal requirement is a factor between 2 and 4.

    When a file is frozen I uses factor 2.
    When it is living I uses fctor 5.
    Yvan KOENIG (from FRANCE dimanche 13 janvier 2008 10:40:16)
  • Kitebarbie Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I'm trying to do as you suggest, however I'm a bit confused. I've got my Numbers file that I want to protect. How do I create an image from only that file? When I open Disc Utility, the options on the left bar are only of my HDs or peripherals. It doesn't seem to allow you to chose ONLY one file...
    Can you please expound on how to get only that file as the choice for your encrypted disc image?
  • Ric Donato Level 4 Level 4 (1,095 points)
    Hi Kitebarbie,
    Welcome to Numbers discussions.
    The concept is to create the DMG then put files, folders, pictures, into it. When you close it all in it are secured.

    Hope this helps you.

  • Level 8 Level 8 (41,790 points)

    I will do my best to explain in "English" :

    create a blank disk image of the required size.
    My own choice is 5 times the size of the true numbers document
    When it is created, you open it (of course, it will ask for the password).
    you move the document in the white disk which will appear on the desktop.

    You would be able to work with the file when the image disk is open.
    Close it and its contents will be encrypted.

    Next time, when you will try to open the disk image, you will be asked for the password again.

    But I'm sure that Apple's wording, in the help or at:

    is more clear

    Yvan KOENIG (from FRANCE lundi 28 janvier 2008 23:04:03)
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