How to create password protected PDF files using Openoffice

Written by James McDonald

July 3, 2011

I created this howto a while ago.

How to password protect files by saving them as PDF’s using Open Office.

Note: The file must be in Open Document or a format that Openoffice can read. And then:

  1. Using Openoffice. Open the file you want to password protect.
  2. Click File ==> Export as PDF
  3. On the PDF Options box that appears. Click the Security Tab and click the “Set open password”
  4. Enter a password and click OK.
  5. Then click Export to save the file as a password protected PDF.

And once more with pictures: How To Create Password Protected PDF Files Using OpenOffice

1 Comment

  1. Curious Apprentice

    One can first install “pdftk” cli and the do this from terminal :

    pdftk source.pdf output protected.pdf user_pw PROMPT

    One can also replace PROMPT with his/her own password like:
    pdftk source.pdf output protected.pdf user_pw 123456

    If some one is using Ubuntu or Fedora he/she can use nautilus actions tool to add an entry in context menu to lock pdf.


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