This is how you change the security settings of a PDF file

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PDF files are extremely versatile in terms of what you can use them for. They can be text documents, they can hold pictures, they support hyperlinks and more.

However, given the versatility of the format, you can end up using it as a support for more sensitive data. As such, you may want to limit the access that certain individuals have to that PDF file.

This includes the inability to edit it, print it, or even open it all together. On the other end of the spectrum, maybe you want to make a PDF file more accessible to everyone.

Whichever the case, we’ve created a step-by-step guide that will show you exactly how to change the security settings of your PDF files easily.

Note: This article takes into account the idea that you use Adobe Acrobat as your default PDF file reader.

How do I change the security settings of a PDF file?

  1. Open the PDF file
  2. Go to the Tools pane
  3. Select Protection
  4. Choose Encrypt
  5. Select Encrypt with Password
    • If you want to change other security settings, select Manage instead
  6. A new window will appear containing all the settings that can be switched on and off
  7. Select the settings you want to modify, for example:
    • Set or remove passwords
    • Encrypt only portions of the document or the entire thing
    • Modify access permissions to limit or enable editing and printing of the documentadobe restrictions
  8. When finished changing the settings, click OK
  9. Click on File
  10. Select Save
  11. Additionally, you could also press Ctrl + S

Not much of an Adobe Acrobat fan? Check out this article for some good alternatives.


By following these steps, you should be able to make a PDF file more or less restrictive while manipulating them with Adobe Acrobat.

This ensures that your PDF file cannot be edited, printed or even opened, even if unauthorized users get their hands on it. On the flip side, changing security settings can allow you to make a PDF document more flexible for a wider audience.

If you have any other questions regarding the matter, or are interested in similar articles tailored for other programs other than Adobe Acrobat, leave us a message in the comments section below.

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