How to Password Protect PDF File in Windows?

Why password for a PDF file is important?

This post will show you the step-by-step guide to create a password in a PDF file or password protect PDF file in an easy way.

For Adobe files, password protection is very important now days, if you are sending any important PDF file over the email or through any social site then, that is important to make PDF file password protected. This is for confidential or important documents (like bank statements, identity proofs, or any business documents etc.).

Password Protect PDF File (Step-by-Step)

Note: Microsoft Office 2013, 2016, 2019 or Office 365 version should be installed in your system. If you don’t have it installed, you can get it from below given links:

Microsoft Office 2013 Pro Plus with Activation Toolkit

Download Microsoft Office Pro Plus 2016 Full Version

Download Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2019 Full Version

Step 1. Locate your PDF file that you want to protect with a password (do not open). Right-click on it and select “Open with” option and choose Microsoft Word to open PDF file.

pdf with password protectionStep 2. Once your PDF file opened in Microsoft Word, go to File Menu and select Save As option. Then choose your desired location to save file.

Step 3. On Save As dialog box, go down to Save As type: and select PDF from the given list.

protect pdf with passwordStep 4. Once PDF selected as Save As type, click on Options button.

Step 5. Now you will see the Options dialog box with so many other options on it. Tick mark the check box of “Encrypt the document with a password” and click OK button.

password protect pdfStep 6. Once you have completed with step 5, you will be prompted for Encrypt PDF document with a password. It will ask you to enter a password.

Create a password of your choice, then click OK button and finally click on the Save Button to close dialog box.

Congratulations, you have successfully protected your PDF file with a password. To check this, go to the location that you have selected to save in above Step 2.

Locate the file and double click to open. It will ask you to enter a password in order to open PDF file.

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