Convert Microsoft Word to Read-only PDF in Windows

It is easy to convert a Microsoft Word document to PDF format; you can make the most of free Word to PDF converters on the internet. However, there is a drawback of these free online conversion tools: they do not allow setting password to protect the created PDF. So, if you want to convert Word to read-only PDF with password, this professional Word to PDF converter can help, Simpo PDF Creator Pro, which not just helps convert Microsoft Word to PDF with password, but it also lets you convert other printable files, such as PowerPoint, Excel and images, to PDF.

1Download the Word to PDF Converter


You can download the Word to PDF Converter by clicking above button. Then double click the spdfcreator_setup.exe file to install it onto your computer. Obviously, it is free to try, with no functionality limitations, only a watermark in output PDFs. And it is only available in Windows system, supports Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista and XP.

2Add Microsoft Word documents

Click the Add Files button to import Word documents one by one, or you can directly drag a collection of Word documents and drop them into the PDF creator's interface File Name field. As Simpo PDF Creator Pro also supports to convert many file formats to PDF, you can also import other files if need.

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3Set password to convert Word to read-only PDF

Click Advanced Settings on the interface to set password to protect your created PDF files. In the Security options, check Enable PDF Security, and select Low or High security, uncheck Allow printing, Allow changing, Allow copy or extract to prevent from printing, copying, or editing. Then click OK to complete the setting and let this Word to PDF converter convert Word to read-only PDF. If you do not want others to open and read your PDF file, you may give the PDF a user password.

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4 Convert Microsoft Word to PDF

Now, you can click the Convert button to convert the Microsoft Word documents to read-only PDF with password in Windows.

Actually, this PDF creator does not only allows setting password to convert your Word to a read-only PDF, it also helps to convert Word to PDF with hyperlinks preserved, click Advanced and check the option of Reserve word hyperlink in PDF file, all dominant hyperlinks begging with http:// will be retained from Word to PDF.

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And you can also generate a bookmark in PDF from Word with this PDF creator if check the option: Auto generate PDF bookmarks according to Word Document Map, but make sure that you have chose the Document Map view in the Word documents.

As this PDF creator only works on Windows system, so if you are using Mac OS X, you can use another way to convert your Microsoft Word to PDF with Preview, which is a free PDF creator for Mac.

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