This video Micro Tutorial shows how to password-protect PDF files with free software. Many software products can do this, such as Adobe Acrobat (but not Adobe Reader), Nuance PaperPort, and Nuance Power PDF, but they are not free products. This video explains how to do it with excellent, free software called PDF-XChange Editor
from Tracker Software Products
1. Download PDF-XChange Editor
Visit the PDF-XChange Editor
section of the Tracker Software Products
Click the white-on-green Download
button for either product. It doesn't matter if you download PDF-XChange Editor
or PDF-XChange Editor Plus
, since you'll be selecting the Free Version
when you install.
2. Run downloaded installer
Run the downloaded installer and select Free Version
(unless, of course, you want more features and decide to purchase the Pro
3. Open a non-secured PDF file in PDF-XChange Editor
Run PDF-XChange Editor and open a PDF file that does not currently have password protection on it.
4. Open Security section of Document Properties
Click Document Properties
Click Security category
5. Open Password Security Settings dialog
Click Security Method
Click Password Security
6. Fill in Password Security Settings dialog
section, select Compatibility
from the drop-down and what you want encrypted via the radio buttons.
In Document Passwords
section, enter password to open PDF and password to change permission settings.
section, set Printing Allowed
and Changing Allowed
choices via the drop-downs; enable/disable content copying