Password Protect PDF File with this Free Tool

Last Updated: February 18, 2017

The article helps you to protect pdf file with a password. This tool is capable of converting MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Paint or any other standard format to password protected PDF. You can use PDF Creator to add a password for an existing unprotected PDF file.

This tool is free and works well to put the password for PDF files and converting file formats to PDF. You can set two passwords; one password is to open files, the second one is protecting pdf file format from editing.

Well, you may need to send some important document by email to someone. It may contain your social security number, Tax ID or some other information that you don’t want to disclose.

We can’t trust free email services, and they are not secured well to protect your attachment all the time. Email accounts are the attractive targets for hackers (check here How to check my email hacked or not – 3 Online Tools if you suspect your email account hacked). It is highly recommended to send password protected files by email, while you sending critical files.

Please download PDF Creator from this website. Here is PDF Forge Home page and direct PDF Creator Download. Once you download the file, please double click on .exe file and follow the instructions to install it on your PC. Please keep all settings by default during the installation process.

PDF Creator

Once you install PDF Creator, select the file you want to convert or add a password. We demonstrate with an MS Word file to convert to password protected PDF file. Please open PDF Creator, you will get a window to add a file. Drag and drop the necessary file you want to transfer to convert protected PDF.

Set PDF as printer

Now you will get a popup window asking to set PDFCreator as your temporary printer. You have to click on OK button, or the alternate way is, open your required document, click on Print and select PDF Creator as your printer.

convert word to pdf

Then you will be guided to the next window shown above. Click on Options button to go for options to set a password for PDF file.

set pdf security

Select PDF under Formats in the left column and click on Security tab. Check on Use Security, Select Password required to open document. Now click on Save button to proceed to next level.

save converted pdf

Now you are back to the main window, click on Save to head over to the last portion. Select your convenient location to save file and please confirm Save as type chosen as PDF Files.

set save as pdf

Once you click on Save button, you will get the last window of this process set your required password to protect the converted PDF file. Instead of password confirmation window, you can select Show password option if you want to make sure you are typing the right password.

set pdf save password

Now you converted the word file to PDF file with a password. This file is ready to send any destination. You can make sure your file is protected with the password before you send it. Please open the converted PDF file and see the next screen shot.

enter password for pdf

Now the opened PDF file will ask you the Password to open the file. Well Done!. You created the PDF with a password. Now you have created a protected PDF file. Please refer here for other tools to convert any files to PDF format.

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