How To Make PDF Read Only To Protect A PDF File?


If your business requires you to protect your PDF files from being edited or tampered, Wondershare PDFElement can be the tool that you can use. You can then go ahead and share your PDF files with everyone without worrying about security issues.

This tool for Windows can be used with the versions Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP.

Follow Few Simple Steps To Make PDF Read Only


Step 1: Download the PDFElement Tool

To download the Wondershare PDFElement tool, just click the download button.

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The executable file with extension .exe will be downloaded in your computer. You can then double click on the file to install the application on your computer. The download procedure is similar to any other application download on Windows. If you have a Mac, the application that you need to download would be Wondershare PDFelement for Mac.

Step 2: Convert the PDF File to Read-only file

Once you have downloaded the application, launch it. Then, using the menu, open the PDF file that you want to convert as Read-only.

On the main page, you will find a tab called “Protect“. Once you open it, you will have access to its sub menus. In the sub menu, there is an option called “Password”. Click that to enable Password Security settings dialogue box.


pdfelement self passwordIn the permissions section, check the first option and then enter the password of your choice. This will make the PDF file password protected and will secure your PDF file from editing, copying and printing.

reset pdf wondershareIf you do not want the PDF to be printed, you can choose the option “None” in the Printing Allowed drop-down list. Once you save your settings, the changes will be immediately reflected in your PDF file. You can then go ahead and share the files to everyone.

Only those people to whom you share your password will be able to edit the file now. For others, it will be a Read-only document. 

About Wondershare PDFelement

Wondershare PDFelement can be a One-stop solution for all your needs in regards to PDF files. It lets you create PDF files from documents, image files, reports, presentation files, Rich text word documents, Powerpoint slides, Excel spreadsheets and more such formats. It is compatible with most of the popular applications available for Windows.

You can use it for all your office and business needs when you are dealing with multiple clients at the same time. For personal use like creating your resume that is Read-only, this tool can be used to have a professional looking document with the necessary features incorporated.

With all these features, PDFelement is a low cost and high performance tool. It has revolutionalized the way in which you can deal with your digital documents. So download this software and make PDF read only for complete privacy.

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  1. Does Wondershare PDFelement make the PDF file only readable on downloaders computer or phone. IF not do you know how to do that

    • You can easily lock the pdf and can provide only read permission and it won’t be editable.


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