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How to prevent PDF documents from being converted to word

Community Beginner ,
Sep 17, 2015 Sep 17, 2015

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Hi there,

I have created a PDF document and would like to prevent it from being converted to Word to ensure that my document cannot be copied.

How can I do this?

Thanks.

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Adobe Employee , Sep 17, 2015 Sep 17, 2015

Hi Theresh,


You can apply password security to restrcit editing on your document. Please follow the steps below:-

1) Open the document in Acrobat.

2) Right click on the document and click on "Document properties".

3) Go to "Security" tab.

4) Select "Password security" from security method.

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5) Click on "Change settings".

6) Check the box which says "Restrict editing

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7) Un check all the other boxes.

8) Clcik on "OK" and enter the password.

9) Save the document.

Now, this document can not be converted to word

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Adobe Employee ,
Sep 17, 2015 Sep 17, 2015

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Hi thereshp26112598,

You can set Password on your document to restrict editing and copying of the document, and unless the other users don't know the password, they won't be able to copy content or convert to word format.

Please refer the following Link for detailed information on how to set passwords on pdf files : Use security permissions to protect PDF files | Adobe Acrobat DC tutorials

Regards,

Rahul

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Sep 17, 2015 Sep 17, 2015

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How did you create the PDF document? Do you use Adobe Acrobat?

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Adobe Employee ,
Sep 17, 2015 Sep 17, 2015

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Hi Theresh,


You can apply password security to restrcit editing on your document. Please follow the steps below:-

1) Open the document in Acrobat.

2) Right click on the document and click on "Document properties".

3) Go to "Security" tab.

4) Select "Password security" from security method.

Documenmt properties.png

5) Click on "Change settings".

6) Check the box which says "Restrict editing

Password security.PNG

7) Un check all the other boxes.

8) Clcik on "OK" and enter the password.

9) Save the document.

Now, this document can not be converted to word.

Hope this helps!

Thanks,

Tanvi

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Community Beginner ,
Sep 17, 2015 Sep 17, 2015

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Dear Tanvi and Rahul,

Presumably, this can only be done in Acrobat DC Professional & not DC Reader?

Thanks,

Theresh

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Adobe Employee ,
Sep 17, 2015 Sep 17, 2015

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Yes, that's true.

As Acrobat Reader is just used to view PDF, you will not be able to modify the properties of any PDF. We offer Acrobat PRO DC on a free 30 days trial. You can try it and see if you wish to buy it for future use.

Download free trial for Acrobat PRO DC from the link below:-

Download Adobe Acrobat free trial | Acrobat Pro DC

Hope this helps!

Thanks,

Tanvi

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Community Beginner ,
Sep 17, 2015 Sep 17, 2015

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Thank you to All for your assistance.

Regards,

Theresh

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LEGEND ,
Sep 17, 2015 Sep 17, 2015

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Please pay close attention to the warning you get about third party products. It is true, and makes your activity almost (not quite) pointless.

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New Here ,
Dec 02, 2021 Dec 02, 2021

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Yes, if you upload the file to websites like www.ilovepdf.com you can extract a word document in 1 second. So the protection is useless.

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New Here ,
Sep 05, 2022 Sep 05, 2022

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Dear Leonardo,

I have the same situation. After protect my pdf, but just 1 second later my pdf is being converted.

So there is any other way that I can protect my document and prevent people to convert it? 

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LEGEND ,
Sep 05, 2022 Sep 05, 2022

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No. Well, only if you never let them read it.

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Oct 28, 2023 Oct 28, 2023

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Why not encrypt the pdf? You could use an online service like www.pdftool.org or the one you already mentioned.

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New Here ,
Aug 09, 2023 Aug 09, 2023

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Hi,

Do you consider the option of zipping the file and adding password protection? If your intention is to make it viewable to the public without requiring a download, you could explore techniques such as Canvas preview and server-side PDF rendering mechanisms.

 

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