Securing document

How to password protect PDF on Windows 10

If you need to protect the contents of a PDF document, you can add password using these steps on Windows 10.

Add password to PDF on Windows 10

Windows 10 doesn’t include a feature to add a password to a PDF document, but you can still limit access to the document using freely available third-party tools.

Although there are a lot of solutions, including from apps (such as Adobe Reader) and online services, most of them are paid features or requires you to upload the document to the cloud, which is not an ideal alternative. However, you can use the PDF Reader by Xodo, which allows you to password protect a PDF document alongside tools to view and edit this kind of file format.

In this guide, you’ll learn the steps to secure a PDF document by adding a password using a freely available app for Windows 10.

How to add password to PDF document on Windows 10

To secure a PDF document with a password, you’ll need to install the PDF reader from Xodo, which offers editing and password protection for free.

Install PDF reader

To install the PDF reader app, use these steps:

  1. Open Microsoft Store.

  2. Search for Xodo PDF Reader using the search box. (Or use this Microsoft Store link.)

  3. Select the app.

  4. Click the Get (or Install) button.

    Xodo PDF reader download
    Xodo PDF reader download

Once you complete the steps, you can proceed to add a password to your PDF document.

Add password to PDF

To add a password to a PDF document, use these steps:

  1. Open Start.

  2. Search for Xodo PDF Reader and select the top result to open the app.

  3. Click the Browse button from the left side.

    Open PDF document
    Open PDF document
  4. Select the PDF that you want to secure with a password.

  5. Click the Open button.

  6. Click the menu (three-dotted) button from the top-right side.

  7. Click the Save as option.

  8. Select the Password protected copy option.

    PDF reader password option
    PDF reader password option
  9. Confirm the password for the PDF.

    Add password to PDF on Windows 10
    Add password to PDF on Windows 10

    Quick tip: You don’t get a second box to repeat the password, so it’s recommended to click the unveil button on the right to make sure that you’re typing the password correctly before saving it.

  10. Click the Save button.

  11. Select a destination folder.

  12. Click the Save button.

After you complete the steps, you’ll end a password protected copy of the PDF file that you share with anyone knowing that only the person with the password will be able to unlock the document.

The password mechanism is built into the document, which means that the person with the correct password can open the PDF with any standard reader application, including using web browser, such as Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome.