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New Here ,
Jun 14, 2016 Jun 14, 2016

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I am trying to password protect around 1000 pdf files and I can't find any useful article regarding this problem. I am using Adobe Acrobat XI. I tried it with Acrobat X and it worked,but when I try to create an action in Acrobat XI,it works only if I open each file individually. Is there any way I can apply this action to multiple files?

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Adobe Employee , Jun 15, 2016 Jun 15, 2016
Hi asdfzxcvm ,Please select "Add files" from the drop down menu and select the files on which you want to add protection to .Please let us know if you face any issue .Thanks!Shivam

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Adobe Employee ,
Jun 15, 2016 Jun 15, 2016

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Hi asdfzxcvm ,

Please select "Add files" from the drop down menu and select the files on which you want to add protection to .

batch password.PNG

batch password 2.PNG

Please let us know if you face any issue .

Thanks!

Shivam

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New Here ,
Jun 15, 2016 Jun 15, 2016

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the problem was that I didn't add the save tool so the only thing it did was to try to encrypt. I didn't know that I have to also add "save". Now it works. Thank you anyway

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New Here ,
Mar 15, 2017 Mar 15, 2017

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I did that, but it still made me add the password to each document.  Is there a way to do this so that all the files have the same password and it is only one step instead of for each file?  Clearly I am doing something wrong.  Thanks!

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New Here ,
Mar 15, 2017 Mar 15, 2017

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I figured it out...Thanks!

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Explorer ,
Aug 25, 2017 Aug 25, 2017

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Hello,

So what is the answer? How did you add the same password to all the document in one step instead of for each file? Thanks!

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Adobe Employee ,
Sep 05, 2017 Sep 05, 2017

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Hi Mwieland,

Please follow below mentioned steps:

1- Create an action by going into Tools > Action Wizard > Create New Action.

2- Under Choose tools to add > click Protection > Encrypt > and click on + sign to add this to the right-hand panel (uncheck the box next to Prompt user).

3- Then click Save & Export > Save > and add it to right-hand panel. (you can change output options by clicking on specify settings)

4- Click Save and give action a name. ( for ex: Batch password).

5- Go to Action Wizard > Actions > Batch Password

6- Click on Add Files > select all the files you want to add password to and click Start.

Thank You,

Shivam

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New Here ,
Jan 14, 2020 Jan 14, 2020

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Hi.
Sorry to come back on this article. With the latest version of adobe acrobat , when I press on add files I can add only one file. How can I add multiple files ?

Thank you very much.

 

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Community Beginner ,
Jan 30, 2020 Jan 30, 2020

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When I follow these steps AcrobatPro still wants me to input a permissions password for each and every file in the folder, it does not batch apply the password to each file in the folder. What am I missing?

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New Here ,
Mar 06, 2020 Mar 06, 2020

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I am having the same issue where it still asks me to enter the password for each file in the folder using these instructions. Does anyone know what we are missing? 

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New Here ,
Mar 06, 2020 Mar 06, 2020

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I figured it out. After you add the action step 'Encrypt', you have to uncheck the box 'Prompt User'. This allows you to add all of the passwords at once. 

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New Here ,
Jun 02, 2020 Jun 02, 2020

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Thanks, is it possible to upload multiple different passwords to multiple files at once?

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New Here ,
Jun 20, 2020 Jun 20, 2020

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Hi Shivam, 

Thank you so much for the guidance!

But the thing is I need to encrypt around 1000+ PDFs with an unique password for each PDFs.

For example, for 1st PDF, I need to encrypt with ABCD1 and for 2nd PDF, I need to encrypt with ABCD2 and so on.

Is there anyway in Adobe Acrobat 2017 whether we can encrypt bulk PDFs with Unique passwords?

Kindly advice. Thanks!

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New Here ,
Oct 21, 2020 Oct 21, 2020

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Hi,

 

Did you find a way to encrypt multiple PDF with diferent passwords?

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Community Beginner ,
Oct 21, 2020 Oct 21, 2020

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Hi, Yes I did, however all will be protected with the same password. Instructions below:

Please follow below mentioned steps:
1- Create an action by going into Tools > Action Wizard > Create New Action.
2- Under Choose tools to add > click Protection > Encrypt > and click on + sign to add this to the right-hand panel (uncheck the box next to Prompt user).
3- Then click Save & Export > Save > and add it to right-hand panel. (you can change output options by clicking on specify settings)
4- Click Save and give action a name. ( for ex: Batch password).
5- Go to Action Wizard > Actions > Batch Password
6- Click on Add Files > select all the files you want to add password to and click Start.


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New Here ,
Aug 15, 2021 Aug 15, 2021

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I'm also searching for a method to batch encrypt multiple PDF with diferent passwords, possibly from a reference file or lookup table or any method really!

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Aug 15, 2021 Aug 15, 2021

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This is possible when you create a plugin (written in C/C++) for Adobe Acrobat.

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New Here ,
Nov 13, 2020 Nov 13, 2020

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I have followed these instructions, but when I go to use the "Batch Password" action the "Encrypt" icon is not highlighted and therefore does not password protect the files. Thank you for any help!

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New Here ,
Nov 17, 2020 Nov 17, 2020

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Hi Adorobat,

 

Is it possible to reverse this batch password protection (remove the password and print protection from documents that have been secured in this fashion with the same password)?

 

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New Here ,
Nov 27, 2020 Nov 27, 2020

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Will this work in adobe reader? I have pdf exchange editor installed too. Can you help me on this

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Nov 27, 2020 Nov 27, 2020

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Not possible with Acrobat Reader.

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Community Beginner ,
Jun 03, 2020 Jun 03, 2020

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Hi, It seems to go through the motions but then I can still edit all the documents after I've closed and re-entered. Also at what point do I add in the actual password that I want to use. Only want to protect the documents from being edited, don't need them to be encrypted.

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Community Beginner ,
Jun 03, 2020 Jun 03, 2020

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No need for a response, just worked out that I had to open up additional fields to enter the password. Thank you anyway - all worked

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