Password protect a PDF using Word

Password protect a PDF using Word

Q. How can I create a password protected PDF file with Word?

A. I recently needed to create a password protected PDF file however this is not possible with the free Adobe Reader application. Fortunately Word has the ability to password protect a PDF file:

  1. Create your document or open an existing PDF document using Word
  2. From the File menu select Save As
  3. Browse to a location to save the document
  4. Select PDF (*.pdf) as the document type and click the Options... button
  5. In the PDF options section check the Encrypt the document with a password option
  6. You will be prompted to type in the password twice and then click OK
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