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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 Donna Baker – 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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Acrobat X

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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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