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

Posted May 9, 2007 by Rob Rogers in Windows

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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  • Pete

    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 !!!

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  • Jake

    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

  • Search Engine Expert

    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.

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    • justme

      > 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…

  • Basje Best

    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!!

    • Job Cohen

      And then you will be taking english lessons?

      • Een voorbijganger

        ‘take classes’ of ‘have lessons’

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

  • dumbassMTF’er

    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!) 😉

    • Een voorbijganger

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

  • Amir Ali

    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.