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How to Password Protect PDF Files in Word 2013


Microsoft Word 2013 includes support to create and edit PDF documents, however not many people know it includes a feature that allows you to password protect PDF files as well. Read on to find out more.

Password Protecting a PDF File in Word 2013

Open your document and click on the file menu, then click on Save As.


On the right hand side you will need to choose a location to save the password protected version of the PDF.


Now drop down the Save as type box and choose PDF.


This will make an options button appear, click on it.


When the dialog box appears, you will notice the last option is to encrypt the document with a password, check the box.


Then you will need to select a password and click ok.


Finally you can go ahead and save the PDF.


That’s all there is to it.

Taylor Gibb is a Microsoft MVP and all round geek, he loves everything from Windows 8 to Windows Server 2012 and even C# and PowerShell. You can also follow him on Google+

  • Published 11/17/12

Comments (7)

  1. Quinn

    how to un-password it?

  2. alvasrawuther

    @Quinn – I am not sure, but same ‘options’ thing I guess, when saving it after opening it using a password.

  3. sparky

    Alvanarawuther- if the first words of your answer start off with “I’m not sure” then don’t ‘answer’ the question!

  4. StevenTorrey

    In SAVE a person should save the document as ‘read only’ which prevents people from making changes to the document; for those concerned with authorial control–and everyone should be concerned. This also goes for power-point; they should be read only. The PDF should also be ‘read-only’ so people cannot make changes.

  5. Bob Chow

    This is a very awesome feature.
    Wish it was in Office2010
    This alone could warrant an upgrade.

    Are there alternatives that can achieve this functionality?????????????

  6. Jom Gapuz

    It’s already included in Office 2010.

  7. Jim

    Bob Chow asked:
    Are there alternatives that can achieve this functionality?????????????

    There are a number of free “PDF Writers” that act like printer drivers (they show up as printers) that can be used from any app that can print. Instead of printing they make a PDF file. All the PDF writers I have used pop up another dialog with lots of options. CutePDF Pro (paid version) provides encryption. Some of the other ones might also. Google “PDF printer driver”

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