IJ Scan Utility (Windows) - Set a Password for a PDF File - G4270

Article ID: ART181808 | Date published: 03/30/2023 | Date last updated: 05/02/2023


Learn how to set a password for a PDF file created with IJ Scan Utility for Windows.


Set passwords for PDF files you create in IJ Scan Utility to restrict opening, editing, and printing of the files.

The following two types of password can be set.

  • Password for opening the PDF file

  • Permissions password for printing or editing the PDF file

 You will not be able to open or edit the PDF file if you forget the password. It is recommended that you write down the passwords and keep them in a safe place for future reference.

 Password-protected PDF files cannot be opened in applications that do not support security settings for PDF files.

 Even if a permissions password is set for a PDF file, the restricted commands (print, edit, etc.) may differ from those in IJ Scan Utility depending on your application.

 Setting passwords from the PDF edit screen is used as an example in the following descriptions.

  1. Start IJ Scan Utility.

  2. Select PDF Editor icon PDF Editor in the IJ Scan Utility main screen.

    IJ PDF Editor starts.

  3. Open the PDF file for which you want to set password.

  4. Select Save As... in the File menu.

    The Save dialog box appears.

  5. Select the Set up password security checkbox.

    The Password Security Settings dialog box appears.

  6. Select the Require a password to open the document or Require a password to print or edit the document checkbox, and then enter the password you want to set.

     Enter a password of up to 32 characters using single-byte letters, numbers, and/or symbols (!"#$%&'()*+,-./:;<=>?@[\]^_`{|}~). Passwords are case sensitive.

     To set both a Document Open Password and a Permissions Password, select both checkboxes and specify a different password for each.

    In each Password (Confirmation), enter the corresponding password you have set.

  7. Select OK to set the password(s) and return to the Save dialog box (PDF edit screen).

  8. Select Save.

    The PDF file is saved.

     Even if you set password(s) and save the PDF file, the password(s) will be deleted once you edit the file.

    To reset the password(s) and save the file, select Save As... from the File menu, and then reset the password(s).

     To overwrite a saved file, click (Save) on the Toolbar.

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