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 How to enable hyperlinks in password-protected PDFs


Password protection is an excellent way to protect the contents of PDF documents.

Adobe Acrobat allows for different levels of password protection: 1) to prevent opening and viewing of PDFs and 2) to restrict access to certain functionality, such as copying, printing or form filling.

In Impressario password-protected documents that do not enable form-filling have a negative consequence in that hyperlinks are also blocked.


In order to enable the hyperlinks without lowering the security level that restricts the printing of the document as well as copying its content, you need to enable form filling. These are the steps to follow:

  1. Open your document in Acrobat.
  2. Click File> Document properties… (Ctrl+D)
  3. Select Security in the left menu.
  4. If the Security Method is set to Password Security, then click the Change Settings…
  5. In the Password Security Settings window, go to the “Changes Allowed” field in the “Permissions” section.
  6. In the pull-down menu, select the “Filling in form fields and signing” option.
  7. Click OK to close that window.

The new permissions settings will take effect after you save your PDF. If you now click File > Document Properties, you will see that, in the “Document Restrictions Summary” section, the “Filling of form fields”, “Signing” and “Creation of Template Pages” items are now set to “Allowed”. These permissions should re-enable the hyperlinks without compromising too much your document security.

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Article ID: 3
Created On: 17 Mar 2006 04:07 PM

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