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How to Set Password for PDF File

2021-11-29 16:05:29 • Filed to: How-To • Proven solutions

With file security and privacy becoming important in this tech age, scores of people are looking for seamless and reliable ways to set a password to protect PDF files. Well, if you have less experience in this industry, perhaps you might find it difficult to make the best decision. This is more confusing given the ballooning number of PDF tools. To avoid making costly decisions, you ought to find the best guide regarding how to set a password for PDF. Fortunately, this article is going to take care of that. Here, we shall take you through a detailed guide on how to set password for PDF file.

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Part 1. How to Set Password for PDF File with PDFelement

PDFelement is an excellent all-in-one PDF software. This program is loved by scores of people and organizations owing to its amazing collection of powerful features. It has incredibly fast processing speed, an easy learning curve, compatibility, and affordability advantages. With PDFelement, you can do plenty of things on PDF files. For example, include OCR, edit, print, create and convert, annotate, share, protect, and compress PDF among others.

Step 1. Open PDF File

After installing PDFelement, double-tap its icon to launch it. On the main interface, click the “Open file” icon to access the file explorer window. On this window, select the PDF file that you want to protect and hit the “Open” button. Wait for the PDFelement to finish uploading the PDF file to the interface.

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Step 2. Set Password on PDF

When the PDF file is uploaded, go to the toolbar and select the “Protect” tab. from the sub-menu, click the “Set Password” option and ignore the rest. Upon hitting this option, the program will immediately display the “Security” dialogue box. You should see the “Open Password” and “Permission Password” checkboxes.

To set the open password for PDF, simply check the “Open Password” checkbox. The “Open Password” field should immediately become active. Enter a suitable password in this field. This password will be demanded by the PDF file every time you try to open it.

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Permission password is the password that the PDF file will demand if you want to make some changes or print the document for instance. To set the permission password, check the “Permission Password” checkbox to activate the “Password Permission”, “Print Permission” and “Changes Permission” fields. Enter your desired permission password and select the target print and changes permissions. When you are done with your selections, click “Save” to allow the program to apply the password to your PDF file.

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Step 3. Save PDF with Password

Finally, go to the “File” menu and select the “Save” option to save the changes you made.

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Part 2. How to Set Password for PDF File with PDF Converter Pro

Wondershare PDF Converter Pro allows users to convert PDF files securely and seamlessly to and from other file formats. You can also convert scanned PDF files or images into searchable and editable files with the help of the OCR feature. It also has some other features, includes merge, compresses, and encrypt. You can download a free trial version and then upgrade to the unlimited premium version. Now, check the steps on how to set password for PDF file.

Step 1. Open PDF File

To begin with, open PDFelement on your device to access the primary window. Once you have launched it, go to the left window pane and click the “Encrypt PDF” option. You should now see the “Add” button at the top right below the menu bar. Hit this “Add” button, then the program will take you to the file directory window. Here, look for the file that you want to protect with a password, select it and click “Open” to upload it to the program.

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Step 2. Set Password on PDF

When the PDF successfully uploads, you will see the file name and size among other properties. Now go to the bottom of this window for “Conversion Preset”. Here, enter your desired password within the given password field. This is the password that will be used to protect your PDF document. Also, browse for a suitable output folder under the “Directory” field that is adjacent to the “Password” field. If you are now satisfied with every single choice you have made, click the “Encrypt” button at the bottom right to trigger the insertion of the password on your PDF file.

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