How to Password Protect PDF File in Windows?

Why password for a PDF file?

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.). 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.

Password Protect PDF File (Step-by-Step)

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. You may have installed MS office 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016 or Office 365 version in your computer. This method is tested and worked fine.

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Step 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. Password Protect your PDF File Click To Tweet

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

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Step 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.

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Step 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, 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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