Adobe Acrobat 8: Prevent Editing and/or Printing of a PDF Document

After creating your PDF document, you may decide that you do not want the contents altered or possibly even printed. Here’s how to prevent editing and/or printing of your PDF document:

1. Click Secure on the Adobe Acrobat toolbar and select Password Encrypt.

2. When asked if you want to change the security on the document, click Yes.

3. In the Permissions section, check the Restrict editing and printing of the document checkbox.

4. Input a password into the Change Permissions Password textbox.

5. Select the type of printing allowed (if any) from the Low Resolution (150 DPI) or High Resolution from the Printing Allowed dropdown.

6. Select the type of changes allowed (if any) from the Changes Allowed dropdown. Choices are None; Inserting, deleting and rotating pages; Filling in form fields and signing existing signature fields; Commenting, filling in form fields and signing existing signature fields; and Any except extracting pages.

7. Click OK.

8. Save the document.


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15 Responses to “Adobe Acrobat 8: Prevent Editing and/or Printing of a PDF Document”

  1. July 07, 2010 at 7:03 am, Pete said:

    HA HA … are you serious or dreaming?

    I worked on an iMac with the latest (EXPENSIVE) Acrobat 9-Pro and created invoices that were secured and could not be edited.

    All I needed to do is send this PDF to a PC with the versions Acrobat 5/7/8 and VOILA … Acrobat says …”nice that you bought my latest super technology driven Acrobat 9, thank you for your money, but this is not Mac, thins is not Acrobat 9 and we don’t give a dam’n about your security worries, we just open your document as if there would not be any password at all and we edit it as much as we want …. na na na na na na !!! hehehe lalala trara trara !!!


  2. December 03, 2010 at 8:15 pm, Jerome1988 said:



  3. December 03, 2010 at 8:25 pm, Jake said:

    Eiter you just print screen it, and print it from an external program.. you can also open it with notepad and use a filter to retain the information. this is pretty useless IMO. just like the .wwf extension


  4. December 03, 2010 at 6:42 pm, Search Engine Expert said:

    Shame on those who prevent people from printing. I have the right to print whatever I want. If anyone prevents me from doing that I sue his ass off.


    • December 03, 2010 at 7:47 pm, ZNb said:



      • December 03, 2010 at 8:16 pm, jvdv said:



    • December 03, 2010 at 10:17 pm, PaterA said:



    • December 03, 2010 at 11:16 pm, donkey said:



    • September 01, 2012 at 6:43 am, justme said:

      > Yeah, then I sue for breach of contract over NDA when the Russian or Nigerian edits a private doc. and later scams some poor sap with the right proposal in the wrong hands…


  5. December 04, 2010 at 7:05 am, Basje Best said:

    today I am gonna buy a whole pack of paer and throw it immediately in the dustbin!
    And I will leave all lights in the hous on, the whole day!!


    • December 04, 2010 at 8:54 am, Job Cohen said:

      And then you will be taking english lessons?


      • December 04, 2010 at 8:37 pm, Een voorbijganger said:

        ‘take classes’ of ‘have lessons’

        En wie noemt zich in godsnaam Job Cohen? Heel erg zielig.


  6. December 04, 2010 at 5:33 pm, dumbassMTF'er said:

    Oh dear, you pathetic LTS-type “GS” readers have come to enter their “English” comments, if you can’t spell then please try to use the”microsoft word English spelling checker” first before embarrasing yourselves! (find the mistakes in my post and whoever is correct wins a oneway ticket to Paramariboo!) ;-)


    • December 04, 2010 at 8:39 pm, Een voorbijganger said:

      Ook vrij zielig. Wel een toepasselijke naam moet ik toegeven.


  7. April 23, 2013 at 7:48 am, Amir Ali said:

    To print these print protect document, open them using firefox and firefox’s new tool pdf.js will allow you to print the pdf.

    Thanks firefox.


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