9 Replies Latest reply on Jul 11, 2018 4:44 PM by Anne Clair

    Restrict editing

    yogeshc85428368 Level 1

      How to secure  MANY files with restrict editing at ones .

      Adobe acrobat dc

        • 1. Re: Restrict editing
          Adorobat Adobe Employee

          Hi yogeshc85428368,


          Sorry for the delay in response.


          As per the issue description mentioned above, you want to restrict editing of several pdf files at once, is that correct?


          Try the following steps:

          1- Launch Acrobat>click Tools>type Action>select Action Wizard

          2-Click New Action>Protection>double-click Encrypt

          3- Click Specify settings>Security Method>Password Security

          4- Check the box next to Restrict Editing.....>type the password>click OK>give the action a name. for ex- encrypt files

          5- Once the action has been created, you will see it under Actions list in the right-hand pane

          6- Click on the action and add the files you want to restrict editing for and click Start.


          Let us know if you have any further questions.


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          • 2. Re: Restrict editing
            Anne Clair Level 1

            I followed these steps through Priorities and through the Action Wizard and I am still able to extract the text from the saved PDF. 

            PLEASE assist.

            • 3. Re: Restrict editing
              Test Screen Name Most Valuable Participant

              Examine the security properties in detail for one of the files. What exactly is shown?

              • 4. Re: Restrict editing
                Anne Clair Level 1

                I upgraded to Acrobat DC and was able to affect Properties to read now read

                Printing and Contect Copying for Accessibility:     Allowed

                Everything else:   Not Allowed


                My client does not want her copy to be extracted from her files and I tried to do this in InDesign, Acrobat Pro X, Preview and now, Acrobat DC.  None of the tutorials or Adobe discussions are working for me.

                • 5. Re: Restrict editing
                  Test Screen Name Most Valuable Participant

                  Ok, so copying is not allowed in Adobe software. Are you able to copy it with Adobe software after all?

                  • 6. Re: Restrict editing
                    Anne Clair Level 1

                    Every time.  From Preview to Text Edit.  Odds are I would be able to read it in Acrobat Reader and paste to Notepad on the PC as well.  Shouldn't the ability to copy the text be gone? 

                    • 7. Re: Restrict editing
                      try67 MVP & Adobe Community Professional

                      Don't open the file in Preview. It corrupts the file and might be removing the security policy. After applying the security policy in Acrobat, save the file, close it and then open it in Adobe Reader. You should not be able to extract any content from it there.

                      • 8. Re: Restrict editing
                        Test Screen Name Most Valuable Participant

                        “odds are“ is not a very good test of what actually happens. Like I said, you shouldn’t be able to copy in any Adobe software. But I don’t really know why you’d go to all that trouble when much non-Adobe software ignores it.

                        • 9. Re: Restrict editing
                          Anne Clair Level 1

                          "MVP" indeed!  Thank you!  Preview was the problem.  I tested the first file, reopened in Acrobat DC, and voila, text not copied.  I also tested it with a second file and again, it pasted the test copy and not selected from new doc.  YOU'RE THE BEST!  Thank you!!