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How to Password Protect a PDF in Windows 11/10

The use of passwords is not only reduced to the area of accounts and access to websites or applications. They are also used in other sectors, one of the most important is in documents and there are several applications to activate this technology and protect PDFs and files such as presentations, spreadsheets, text, among others. Currently, due to the advantages and compatibility offered by PDF files, their use is common all over the planet, so it is normal to find PDFs with a high level of importance, and to avoid misuse of them it is advisable to protect them with a password.


Methods to Password Protect a PDF in Windows 11/10

If you are a Windows 10 or Windows 11 user and you want to protect PDFs with a password, you can do it in several ways. Currently, this process has become a very simple task to achieve and does not represent any challenge; next, I will show you how easy it is to do it through different methods:

Method 1. Password Protect a PDF with PDFelement

Without a doubt, this is the best option to add a password to your PDF. PDFelement is professional software that will allow you to protect your files with unbeatable security. To do this task you will only have to do the following:

Open PDFelement and open the PDF file you want by clicking the "Open files" icon on the main window.


After you've opened the file, click Protect tab, which is at the top of your screen. A submenu will open, now choose "Set Password" to start the process of protecting your file.

protect pdf

When this window appears, check the "Open Password" blank square and type the password you want, you will be asked to type it again to confirm. Then check the "Permission Password" blank square to customize settings and finally click "Save."


Surely you already realized how easy it is to encrypt and add a password to protect PDFs, but this is not all. PDFelement will allow you to remove and change your password as many times as necessary to guarantee you the best experience and peace of mind. This powerful PDF application will allow you to do an immense number of tasks to get the most out of your documents, so it is highly recommended to download it.

Method 2. Using Adobe Acrobat

Adobe Acrobat is a very popular application. With it, you can password protect your files quite easily. You just have to follow the following steps:

Open the PDF file you want and once the application has run, go to the right side of your screen and click "Protect."


You will notice that some icons will appear at the top of your screen. Choose "Encrypt" and from the drop-down list that appears, click "Encrypt with Password." You will get a dialog box and you must confirm by choosing "Yes."

On the next window, you must click the blank square next to "Require a password to open the document" and then you must write the password you want; depending on the complexity, some bars will be activated on the right that will determine the security of your password.

require a password

You can customize your settings such as providing extra permissions or adding encryption support with other versions of Adobe Acrobat. When you are done, click "OK" to save your changes.

encrypt all document contents

Finally, you must save your file so that the next time it is opened it will ask for the password. It is recommended that you close and open it after saving to confirm that your settings have been applied.

Method 3. Password Protect a PDF with Microsoft Word

Microsoft Word is a word processor program, it is undoubtedly the most popular that exists and it is quite practical in addition to being developed by Microsoft, so it goes without saying the advantages it may have. Although the most common is to work with files with the extension .docx and .doc, it is also possible to open PDF files, so if you require any password protection, it is entirely possible through this software. Next, I'll show you how to do it:

Open the document you want to protect and then click "File" tab which is located at the top left of your screen.

click file tab

Now go to the options on the left and choose "Info," then click "Protect Document" and from the drop-down list hit "Encrypt with Password."

encrypt with password

Now is the time for you to type your password. As you can see, if you forget or lose it, you will not be able to access your document, so it is advisable to write a list of probable passwords. Once you have finished typing, click "OK" and your document will be encrypted.

click ok

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Method 4. Using OpenOffice Draw

OpenOffice Draw is an application that works with vector graphics and is fully compatible to open PDF files. A function is also available so that you can protect PDFs by adding a password. Below you can see how to do this simple task:

Open the PDF document of your choice and click "File," from the drop-down list, choose "Save As ..." and a dialog box will be displayed.

save as

Write the name of the file to save, then you must check the blank square next to "Save with password." Finally, press "Enter."

sabe with password

A new dialog box will be displayed, and it will ask you to enter your password. Type it down and do it again to confirm it; once you have typed both, click "OK" and your document will be protected.

confirm password

Method 5. Using an Online Service – HiPDF

Maybe you don't have a computer with you or you are having problems with your PDF software. No problem! There is an extremely effective website that can help you out and get you out of trouble. This is Wondershare HiPDF, an online service that will allow you to convert, edit, read, organize, adjust, sign and, of course, password protect your PDFs. And don't worry, doing this task online is also very simple, you just have to do the following:

Go to https://www.hipdf.com/protect-pdf and then click CHOOSE FILE, then select the file you want to protect. You can also drag your PDF file and drop it on the paper sheets icon.

choose file

Wait a few seconds for the file upload to complete. Now enter the password with which you want to protect your PDF. Once you have finished click "ENCRYPT."


Wait a couple of seconds for the encryption to complete and you can download your file with password protection. You can share the protected document from this page and also if you need to perform this same task with other files you can click START OVER so that you will be redirected to the main page.


Did you see how easy it was to protect PDFs using HiPDF? This online service is an excellent aid for thousands of users daily, who do not need any application, much less pay a fee, thanks to the fact that they can use this page for free.


Using passwords is one of the safest ways to protect files today, and PDFs are no exception. These types of files can contain very valuable information that is important to avoid editing, printing, or even viewing, so adding a password is a smart decision. The best alternative for this is PDFelement, thanks to its intuitive interface and total fluidity to help you with this process. If, on the other hand, you need an online service to do it, HiPDF is the best, thanks to how practical it is and it will take a few seconds to protect PDFs.

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