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How to Make PDF Read Only in Windows 8

Do not know how to make a PDF read only? If the PDF file is a very important report, it is very necessary to make it read only, so you can share it with everyone without worrying about its security. In fact, it is very easy to make a PDF read only. Only in 2 steps, you’ll make it. Read on to learn how to make a PDF read only in Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP.


Step 1. Download PDF tool

Click the download button to download the PDF tool we’re going to use to make a PDF file read only. It's Wondershare PDF Editor, a secure and professional PDF tool for Windows users. After you get the .exe file, double click it to install on your computer. If you want to make a read-only PDF file on Mac, please try Wondershare PDF Editor for Mac.

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Step 2. Make PDF read only

Launch Wondershare PDF Editor and open your PDF file with it. Click the 'Protect' Tab on the main interface. From the sub-menus, you can see an option “Password”. Click it to enable Password Security settings dialogue box.

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On the Password Security interface, you should check the first check box in the Permissions section. Enter password to protect the PDF from copying, editing and printing. In Printing allowed drop-down list, select None. In Changes allowed pull-down list, select None. Click Ok to save your settings.

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This is it. By doing this, you’ve made a PDF file read only. People whoever receive your PDF file will not be able to copy, edit text or even print the file. Cool, right? It’s very important to protect your PDF files from being changed illegally.

Try Wondershare PDF Editor to make PDF files read only now!

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About Wondershare PDF Editor

Wondershare PDF Editor is an-all-1 PDF tool. Besides making PDF read only, it lets users create PDF files from reports, docs, images and presentation files, edit PDF text and images, review and comment on PDF files, convert PDF files to fully formatted Word doc, Excel spreadsheet, PowerPoint Slides, create and fill out PDF forms. All in all, it is a low-cost, high-performance PDF solution you need.

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