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 website:
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 or Plus Version).
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 File menu.
Click Document Properties.
Click Security category.
5. Open Password Security Settings dialog
Click Security Method drop-down.
Click Password Security.
6. Fill in Password Security Settings dialog
In Options 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.
In Permissions section, set Printing Allowed and Changing Allowed choices via the drop-downs; enable/disable content copying and text access for screen readers via the check-boxes.
Click OK as many times as needed to close all dialogs.
7. Save the password-protected document
Do File>Save or File>Save As or other Save choices on the File menu to save the PDF file with the password security.
Important: It is crucial to save the file after adding the password security.
8. Test the password-protected document by opening it with any PDF editor/reader/viewer
Open the password-protected PDF.
You should see something like this:
That's it — you now have a secured PDF!
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