How to Set Password to Protect Your PDF

July 31, 20231.1K views

One of the biggest advantages of using the Portable Document Format over the other document formats (like .doc or .docx) is that you can always protect your document in the PDF file to prevent it from being opened, copied, edited and printed.

Method 1

Step 1. Open PDF File

Once you have installed PDFelement on your computer, go to desktop and run it on your computer. On the Home window, click on the "Open files" button to open the PDF file that you want to protect from editing.


Step 2. Protect a PDF from Editing

After opening the PDF file, click on the "Protect" tab and select "Set Password" from the top menu. On the next dialogue, check the little box under permissions and enter the password for your PDF file. You will have to enter the password again to confirm it. Finally, click on the "Save" button on this page.


PDFelement is not a simple PDF encrypting software, it is your all-in-one solution for PDF files. By using the program on Windows or Mac OS X, you can either create a PDF file using a blank page or different images that you want to incorporate in your PDF file. It also lets you edit each and every part of the PDF file from adding new text, removing existing text, editing images, converting the PDF file to a suitable format.


One of the main features of PDFelement is encryption; you can either add a password to even open the document or can add the password to get access to the specific functions. The specific functions will include printing, editing, copying, commenting, or even form filling. The best part about using this software is that it does not require rocket science, all you have to do is click on the "Protect" tab and add a password for the document.

Method 2

Step 1: Use the Encrypt with Password tool


To get started:

  • Open your PDF file with PDFelement.
  • Pull down the "File" menu and go to the "Protect" section.
  • Once there, select the "Encrypt with Password" option.

Step 2: Set a Password


Now you will see a window where you can choose the protection features. You can set passwords to restrict reading, writing, and even printing processes.


A few years ago, password protecting files was not as straightforward as it is now. Fortunately, these days, password-protecting documents are straightforward, and encryption tools are often included in the editing applications you use daily.

PDF Document is always important. Protecting your document with a password is a practical step to prevent it from being opened by the wrong hands. Today, most office suite apps already have a default feature that you can use to password-protect your document, including Microsoft Office and WPS Office.

Check here to know how to add password for your PDF with WPS Office: A Brief Guide on How to Password Protect a PDF File

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