How to password protect a PDF document

Hello,

How do I password protect a PDF document ?

I am trying to send an IRS document to my accounting and I would like to send him separately the password so he can open the document.

Thank you,
ItaliabellaAsked:
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
You can use Adobe Acrobat to open a PDF and set a password

https://helpx.adobe.com/acrobat/using/securing-pdfs-passwords.html

If the document is not one you created, this is how you would proceed.
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
Hi Italiabella,

My 5-minute EE video Micro Tutorial shows how to do it with free software:
How to password-protect a PDF with free software

Of course, if you have the full Acrobat (not free!), you can do it with that, as follows:

File
Properties
Security
Security Method

Select Password Security from the drop-down and fill in the "Password Security - Settings" dialog. To be clear, this is not available in the free Adobe Reader, not even in the newest Adobe Acrobat Reader DC. It is available only in the non-free full Acrobat. Regards, Joe
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ItaliabellaAuthor Commented:
John, when you say adobe acrobat you mean the full paid version of it like Joe mentioned correct ?
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ItaliabellaAuthor Commented:
Not with the free adobe reader that we download for free. From the internet
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
You need the paid version to do what you want
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
Not with the free adobe reader that we download for free. From the internet
Correct! If you want to do it with free software, my article shows how. Cheers, Joe
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
If you wish a less expensive way , zip the file with WinZip and the file can be opened in Windows by your accountant
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
> a less expensive way , zip the file with WinZip

Yes, much less expensive than Acrobat, but still not free. At the WinZip site, it shows Std at $30 and Pro at $50. But there's an excellent, free alternative for zipping called 7-Zip:
http://www.7-zip.org/

You could do both — password-protect the PDF with the free PDF-XChange Editor and password-protect the ZIP file with the free 7-Zip — or do just one of them. Regards, Joe
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ItaliabellaAuthor Commented:
Ok very excellent answers and options.

i have a very tricky problem to solve i will post it tomorrow...thank you everyone for your help as usual.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Thanks. I will look tomorrow.
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
You're very welcome, Italiabella. If I can help with your tricky problem, I'll be happy to do it. Regards, Joe
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