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5. Manipulating PDF Files > 53. Add PDF Encryption Actions to Windows Context M...

Add PDF Encryption Actions to Windows Context Menus

Apply or remove encryption from a given PDF with a quick right-click.

[Hack #52] discussed how to apply or remove PDF encryption with pdftk [Hack #79] . Let’s streamline these security operations by adding handy Encrypt and Decrypt items to the PDF context menu. The encryption example simply applies a user password to the selected PDF, so nobody can open it without the password. The decryption example removes all (Standard) security, upon success.

Add the Encrypt PDF Context Menu Item

Windows XP and Windows 2000:

  1. In the Windows File Explorer menu, select Tools Folder Options . . . and click the File Types tab. Select the PDF file type and click the Advanced button.


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