4 Replies Latest reply on Jun 9, 2010 1:04 AM by wattscott

    Adding password to a pdf file


      Hi all,

      I'm using Adobe reader version 9.I saw some of the pdf s being password protected.Whenever we try to open it asks for password.I'm wondering how to add password to pdf files.I'm using Windows XP professional with service pack 3.If anyone knows explain me with simple steps.Ur replies will really help me.


      thanks in advance...




        • 1. Re: Adding password to a pdf file
          Level 4

          You can set the Security Properties of a PDF file in Adobe Acrobat, as mentioned in my post in your other thread.  There are separate Acrobat Macintosh and Acrobat Windows forums.


          However, be advised that there are commercial programs legally available that can take any supposedly protected PDF and generate an exact, unprotected clone of the document in a matter of seconds.  I use PDFkeyPro myself on my Macs, mainly to circumvent editing "protection" in things like multilingual user manuals, where one version is enough so the others can be discarded, and to edit the Chinglish and Japenglish gibberish on such documents to make them understandable.


          The "protection" touted by Adobe is completely illusory.


          • 2. Re: Adding password to a pdf file
            mgnidhi_3july Level 1

            Hi Tai Lao ,

            actually i'm using acrobat reader version 9.0 where there is an option document>security,security setting options.But if i go through them also i'm not able to set a password to pdf document...

            to be in brief,

            in Document -> security option

            Show security properties

            Import security settings


            in Document -> security settings option

            a security setting dialog will open saying about digital signatures..


            exactly which one should i need to use in order to set a password to my pdf document.May b i'm asking a silly question but ur answer wil really help me...

            • 3. Re: Adding password to a pdf file
              Level 4

              Details of what you can do in Adobe Reader:




              As you'll see, this doesn't help you.




              Wo Tai Lao Le



              • 4. Re: Adding password to a pdf file
                Level 1

                I agree that, you can use Adobe Acrobat or other PDF editor to add open password or user password on your PDF files. But these ways would be helpless to protect the security of your PDF files. Because there are many free or charge PDF Password Remover or Reconvery can easily rip the restrications. It is sometimes illegal but....you know, this is the truth.