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How to use Actions to protect multiple PDF files in Acrobat X

Learn how to protect PDF files by using automated PDF Actions in Acrobat X Pro and Suite.

By March 19, 2012


In this tutorial, learn how to protect PDF files by using automated PDF Actions in Acrobat Pro to protect any number of PDF files at a time. You can apply the Action to as many files or folders as you want. Every file is restricted except Accessibility features.

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Lori Kassuba

1, 2014-04-17 17, 2014

Hi Rich,

You can find more detail on how to do this in this discussion:

Also, there is a pre-existing Action (for Acrobat X) that does this as well that you can find here:



1, 2014-04-15 15, 2014

I can’t find the video demonstrating how to create an action for applying a password. Do you have the address for it?


8, 2014-02-24 24, 2014

Thanks for the heads-up, Lori.  I didn’t realize that.


Lori Kassuba

2, 2014-02-24 24, 2014

Hi Andrew,

Only the Pro. version of Acrobat X has the Actions capability not Standard.



5, 2014-02-21 21, 2014

Hi Patty,

I have Acrobat X but I don’t have all the options shown in the Tutorial under “Tools.”  Among others, I don’t have “Action Wizard.”  I only have Pages, Content, Forms, Recognize Text, Protection, and Sign & Certify.

Any idea why the difference?  My version of Acrobat X is 10.1.9.


Patty Friesen

11, 2013-12-06 06, 2013

Hi Debbie,

The tutorial is based on Acrobat X.

Hope this helps.



6, 2013-12-05 05, 2013

What version of Adobe are you using for the tutorial?

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